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New international school planned

A new international school is planned for Yangpu District amid the growing number of expat residents there, officials said yesterday.

The new school will be built in the Jiangwan area by 2015, according to the latest five-year development plan issued by the district. The new private school will adopt an international curriculum and admit mostly foreign students although it will be open to a few Chinese students.

The district currently has no international school specifically for expat children. The international departments of high schools are too small to meet the market.

Shanghai has 32 international kindergartens, schools or departments designed for foreign students. Most are in suburban areas. The downtown area is in urgent need of international schools.

Rather than erecting new international schools, the education authorities prefer to encourage expat students to attend schools with local students to learn Chinese language and culture.

More foreign students are coming along with their parents amid the city's increasing need for overseas elites. More than 23,500 foreign students were studying in Shanghai kindergartens, primary and secondary schools in 2009, the latest information available.


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