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Public funds to go to ailing private schools

WITH many private schools facing serious financial, staffing and enrollment difficulties, local government will start offering subsidies to help them out, the Shanghai Education Commission said yesterday.

Education authorities have decided to offer subsides to private schools that charge tuition below the level that government spends per student in public schools.

It's the first time city and district governments intend to subsidize all private schools in difficulty. Earlier subsidies went to private schools that focused on migrant kids.

"The policy opens a channel for government funding infusion into private schools," said Yin Houqing, deputy director of the commission.

"Schools should use the fund to improve their education facilities and teachers' pensions."

Shanghai had 202 private schools with more than 200,000 students in 2007. Last year it had 134 private schools with 110,000 students.

More than 30 percent of private schools in the city have closed since a period of growth in the early 2000s.


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