On April 1, central authorities of China introduced new plans for advancements in rural education, among other hot topics such as public hospital improvement. The meeting on Wednesday was the 11th of a series of meetings of the central leading group to intensify reform in China. President Xi Jinping called to the authorities to “show courage and guts” in the process of reform.
Poorer areas of China, namely central and western China, were under the spotlight when considering rural education reform. As the reformists view it, these regions are the weakest link in the modernization of China. If the newer generation cannot receive the proper education for the future, the country’s progress would surely come to a screeching halt.
As I wrote in our most recent paper assignment, the Chinese people place great faith in cultivating the mind and developing it through schooling. This is especially true over the past half century, amid the shifts of the economy and rapid urbanization. “Means of increasing the number of good teachers in poor areas include improving teachers’ political and moral awareness, increasing their income, and persuading urban teachers to work in rural schools.” If these plans materialize and come to fruition, this could lead to a more stable, rather than vacated, rural system.