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Education development in Gannan makes record high

(China Tibet Online)

16:15, April 24, 2013

LANZHOU, Gansu, April 23 (China Tibet online) Education in Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of northwest China's Gansu Province has made a leapfrog development during the past 5 years, trumping the total achievements of the last 40 years, according to the provincial department of education.

In 2008, Gansu Province popularized the free compulsory education in the whole region. The same year after the Fifth Forum on Work in Tibet held in Beijing in 2010, the provincial government issued a document on the implementation of promoting a leapfrog development and long-term social stability in Tibetan-inhabited areas, prescribing the task, target, and practicing method of educational development in the areas.

During the five years, the Gansu provincial government has allocated 1.1 bln yuan (about 185 mln U.S. dollars) in the Tibetan-inhabited areas to cover the school tuition and allowance fees for primary and secondary educational students, and another 605 mln yuan as subsistence allowances for boarding school students from Tibetan-inhabited areas.

In Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, the annual subsistence allowance for each boarding school student in primary and middle schools has been raised from 1,200 yuan in 2009 to 1,500 yuan at present.

After two years' implementation with 139 mln yuan investment, the cost-free "nutrient food plan" has been carried out for all primary and middle school students in rural areas of the Tibetan-inhabited areas.

"Such investment effort in the recent five years has trumped the total investment efforts in the last forty years," stressed by the vice director of the provincial education bureau of Gansu. He added that the Tibetan-inhabited areas in Gansu were mostly remote on high altitudinal regions with poor climate and geographical conditions, and the provincial and regional economies were far from "better-off" as in coastal provinces and metropolitans in east part of China.

By the end of last year, there had been altogether 729 educational units including one college, 25 high schools, 15 vocational schools, 49 junior middle schools, 537 primary schools and 102 kindergartens. The number of students at school reached 192,600, among which 86,200 were Tibetans, taking up 44.8 percent of the total number.

The Tibetan-inhabited areas in Gansu Province mainly include Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture located in the south of Gansu Province and the Tianzhu Tibetan Autonomous County in the middle part. The total population is 960,700 with the total area of 52,000 square kilometers. There are 28 ethnic groups including the Tibetan, Han, Tu, Hui and Monolian peoples, among which Tibetan population takes 46.72 percent with its 448,800 people.

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