Suzhou:Migrant students' number rises 9% in decade
2014-03-26 09:15:00

The number of migrant students in Suzhou’s primary and middle schools increased 9 percent from 2004 to 2013, according to city government statistics.

The increase is higher than a 7 percent rise in the migrant population over the same period.

More than 363,800 migrant students were attending primary and middle schools as of last autumn, 48.3 percent of all students enrolled in compulsory education in the city. About 93,100 of those students study in schools for migrant workers’ children, while the remaining 270,700 study in public schools.

By 2018, the number of newly recruited migrant students in the city's kindergartens will reach 74,000, with 62,000 joining primary schools and another 50,000 enrolled in middle schools. All three figures are expected to be higher than the numbers of local students enrolled in schools.

To meet the education needs of migrant children, the city government has introduced several beneficial policies and expanded numerous schools and kindergartens.

Vice mayor Wang Hongsheng said the city would build more schools and support the development of private schools to ensure every migrant child has access to a good education. Editor:Hiram