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More migrants' kids join student ranks

ABOUT 1.6 million students started their first day of the spring semester yesterday in Shanghai kindergartens, primary and secondary schools after the winter vacation.

Among the total, 97.3 percent of 420,000 migrant children sat in public or private schools managed and funded by the city government, a 5 percent increase over last year.

"The remaining non-local students in the 20-plus existing migrant schools will be gradually transferred to public schools before the 2010 World Expo," said Ni Minjing, director of the Elementary Education Department of the Shanghai Education Commission.

Migrant schools are expected to disappear in the city before the World Expo that opens on May 1, according to Ni.

In 2008, the city began a campaign to either close or regulate unlicensed schools which accommodate migrant children.

"All migrant children will be able to enjoy free education as locals soon," Ni said.


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