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Kindergarten shortage a headache for parents and authority

UNLICENSED kindergartens keep popping up across Shanghai despite official efforts to close them down. Two new violators were spotted this week in an industrial park in the city's suburban Baoshan District.

Most of the 280 kids in the two kindergartens are migrant workers' children. Their previous preschools were closed by authority weeks ago. Local officials are racking their brains to find a place for these children before shutting down their new kindergartens.

Officials have examined the hygiene and safety conditions of the two kindergartens and have included the children in the nationwide measles vaccination campaign.

They said the fast-growing number of migrant children had exceeded their projection and the speed of construction for new schools. The problem is most prevalent in the suburban districts such as Baoshan, Minhang and parts of Pudong.

Kindergarten education is not included in China's compulsory education system and received much less government funding.

The Shanghai Education Commission officials said they will soon adopt a new regulation to solve the problem of kindergarten shortage by opening more day-care centers.


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