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City lists gains in education, health care

SHANGHAI has been striving to provide its residents with better education and health services and has made great achievements in the last 10 years, authorities said yesterday.

Almost every child in the city now receives kindergarten, primary and secondary education.

More than half of the local working-age population has received higher education.

The city has also improved the construction of educational facilities, including childcare centers, that can be accessed within 15 minutes, according to Wang Ping, chief of the local educational authorities.

“We will also strengthen the legislative protection of preschool education for children up to the age of 6, which has been included in the annual legislative plan in Shanghai,” Wang said during yesterday’s press conference.

In the future, information about preschool education will be available on the city’s e-governance platform, Suishenban, the official said.

“We want to provide an online platform with abundant and convenient information services for parents.”

Shanghai has 3,432 schools in various categories with more than 3 million students enrolled.

In addition to primary and secondary education, more people want to pursue higher-level degrees.

The number of undergraduate students in the city increased from 359,000 to 406,000 in the past 10 years, and graduate students increased from 127,000 to 233,300.

Among graduate students, postgraduates surged by 86.9 percent and doctoral candidates by 72.2 percent.

In addition to enhanced educational resources, the city is trying to provide locals with a more accessible and comprehensive medical system.

There are 6,317 medical institutions with 239,600 staff and the city’s average life expectancy is 84.11, 1.7 years more than 10 years ago.

Shanghai has prioritized balancing medical resources in urban and suburban areas.

More public hospitals with medical experts have been built in the outskirts, especially the “five new cities,” said Wu Jinglei, head of the local health commission.

Shanghai is building the five new cities in the suburban districts of Jiading, Qingpu, Songjiang and Fengxian, as well as Nanhui in the Pudong New Area, to boost social and economic development.

“We also focus on providing more care for special populations, such as pregnant women, children and seniors in the city,” Wu said.

Shanghai has built five national-level medical centers, including pediatric, neurology, psychological and infectious disease centers.


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