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International courses offered at local schools

SOME public high schools in the city are introducing international courses into their curriculum to satisfy the increasing needs of students wanting to go to college overseas.

Foreign high school courses, which were once only available at international schools, have become popular among locals in recent years.

To lure students, some local high schools are now offering overseas courses such as UK's A-Level, Australia's WACE and internationally recognized IB diploma program. These schools hire foreign teachers and also help students prepare for foreign college entrance exams.

Datong High School last year launched Project Global Access, a high school diploma recognized by more than 100 universities in the world. It was well received with the school admitting 40 students. Datong plans to enroll 80 students in the fall semester.

"We chose the PGA diploma because it integrates Chinese and Western courses and culture very well," said Yang Minghua, a school official in charge of overseas education.

As the incomes of families grow, more Chinese are able to send their children to schools abroad. Such students gain an international education and avoid fierce competition at domestic schools.

Chinese demand for overseas education is growing. About 229,300 Chinese studied abroad in 2009, an increase of 27.5 percent over the previous year, according to the Ministry of Education.

At the same time the number of students taking the national college entrance examinations have fallen. About 840,000 high school graduates didn't apply for the college entrance exams across the country in 2009 and the figure was estimated to be 1 million last year.

Many have gone abroad to study. According to a survey by language training institute English First, 86 percent of the 3,100 parents who responded want to send their children abroad for a better education and broader horizons.

The Shanghai Education Commission's 2011 work agenda includes a pilot program to introduce international courses at some high schools in the city.


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