(Yicai Global) April 7 -- The Chinese Ministry of Education released a five-year plan, announcing that universal high school education system will be achieved in the country by 2020 to ensure high-quality education for all junior high school graduates.
The average national gross enrollment rate for high schools was 87.5 percent last year, but the figure remained relatively low in poor areas in central and western China due to shortage of educational resources. Secondary vocational education still remains underdeveloped in those regions, the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported. There is also general imbalance between high school and secondary vocational education in economically developed eastern regions, it stated.
By 2020, the gross high school enrollment rate will be improved to over 90 percent in all provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities, and the most significant improvements will be achieved in poor areas in central and western regions, noted Lv Yugang, head of the primary education department at the ministry, adding that admissions will be equally divided between high schools and secondary vocational schools.