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Over 200 day care centers to be set up for students home alone

AS many as 221 day care centers will be set up during the summer vacation in the city to look after primary school students who are left alone as their parents are away at work.

The centers are a government-backed project planned to avoid accidents. Incidences of falls, drowning and fire rise during this period.

“It’s the government’s responsibility to provide day care services,” said Chen Lijun, director of the school department of the Youth Committee in Shanghai.

Chen said each class will have a maximum of 40 students with a school teacher. Five to eight college students will act as volunteers and help with students’ homework and organize games, sports, art and reading activities.

Parents can enroll children for the day care centers at their neighborhood committees. The monthly fees, including a meal and insurance, will not be more than 600 yuan (US$96), Chen said.

Currently, there are about 760,000 primary students in Shanghai.

Chen appealed to parents who can afford private centers to make room for others, especially migrant children.

The day care centers will run through July and August from 8:30am to 5pm.


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