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More schools to admit foreign students

To meet the soaring educational needs of overseas students, the Pudong New Area government plans to increase the number of schools qualified to admit overseas students by at least 18 by 2012.

Pudong's schools have reported rocketing numbers of overseas students in recent years, and more are expected with the approval of the Disneyland and jumbo-jet project in the area.

The government has made a three-year plan to boost international education, officials said yesterday.

"Most overseas students were seen in local colleges about 5 to 10 years ago," said Qian Jing, of the Pudong New Area Education Bureau.

"But the growing number of transnational marriages and young foreign white-collar workers in new burgeoning industries, such as IT workers in Zhangjiang High-Tech Park, pushes up the need for elementary education."

Currently, 62 out of Pudong's roughly 500 elementary and secondary schools take foreign students.

That doesn't include 12 exclusively international schools.

More than 9,300 foreign students are studying in Pudong's kindergartens, primary and secondary schools, a 54 percent increase over 2006.

The number accounts for one-third of all overseas students receiving elementary and secondary education in Shanghai, officials said.

The government is also working on suitable textbooks and improving teacher training for overseas students.

Meanwhile, the Shanghai Education Commission has launched an online platform to learn the real-time number of overseas students in local schools.

Schools neglecting the work will not receive visas for their foreign students, officials with the commission said.


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