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New rights for migrant children

Migrant children in Shanghai will be able to enjoy the same rights as local children from next year, if their parents have a city residence permit and, in some cases, achieve a score of at least 120 under a points-based evaluation system, authorities said yesterday.

To apply for the Shanghai residence permit, migrant workers must have stable accommodation, a stable job and pay social insurance in the city for at least six months. Points are awarded depending on factors such as age, profession, skills and certificates.

Every district is required to make its own regulations on the enrollment of migrant children based on educational resources.

The lowest threshold for migrant children is to attend primary and middle schools, which only requires migrant parents to have a Shanghai resident permit or be registered as a flexible employment worker such as a domestic helper, nurse, farmer or carer for the elderly.

Since March 1, 6,723 people have registered as flexible employment worker in Shanghai, the Shanghai Human Resources and Social Security Bureau said.

The requirements are the same for migrant children who want to continue study at vocational schools in the city.

Migrant preschoolers can go to public kindergartens in Shanghai on two conditions. The kindergartens must have extra places available after meeting the needs of local children and the parents must have a Shanghai residence permit and at least 120 points.

Migrant children can attend the city’s unified entrance exams to high schools if their parents have a Shanghai residence permit and at least 120 points.

After completing three years’ study in local high schools, the children of migrant workers can also attend the city’s college entrance exam if their parents still hold a Shanghai residence permit and have at least 120 points.



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