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08:47 Sep 27 2011

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Tibetan Students go to inland key high schools
08:45, September 27, 2011  

The first batch of 360 top junior middle school graduated from Tibetan classes or schools have attended inland key senior middle schools, according to the Education Department of Tibet Autonomous Region.

The students were distributed to more than 30 key senior middle schools in 18 inland provinces and municipalities, including Beijing Number 80 High School, Chongqing Nankai High School and Shuangliu High School of Sichuan Province.
The number of the key high schools now has increased to 72 .

Wu Yingjie, head of the Education Department, said that the decision by the Ministry of Education was significant in the history of Tibetan educational development.

"It is of great help to the development of Tibetan elementary education and the training of talented persons, playing an important role in promoting the economic and social development of Tibet," Wu said.

Since 1985, as a key state project to support Tibetan construction, Tibetan middle schools and Tibetan classes have been set up in 26 provinces and municipalities by the central government, taking in nearly 40,000 students, including more than 3,000 college students.

The schools offer the same courses as most middle schools except they include Tibetan language and culture.

Nearly 10,000 graduates, including masters and doctors have returned to Tibet. Seventy percent of the students' families are herders or farmers with no fixed income.

From: Xinhua


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