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Shanghai kids back at school

ABOUT 1.6 million students started their first day of the spring semester today in kindergartens, primary and secondary schools after the Spring Festival.

Among the total 420,000 non-resident pupils, 97.3 percent entered public schools or private schools managed and funded by the city government today, a 5-percent increase over last year.

"The remaining non-local students in the 20-plus existing migrant schools will be gradually transferred to public schools before the Expo," said Ni Minjing, director of elementary education in the Shanghai Education Commission.

Migrant schools are expected to disappear in the city before the World Expo, which opens on May 1, Ni said.

The city began regulating unlicensed schools for children of migrant workers in 2008.

In the past two years, 151 of the total 240-plus migrant schools have been successfully turned into private colleges under the government wing. Others were closed because they fail to meet the basic requirement for school facilities.


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