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An Investigation of Adjustment of School Mapping in Rural Areas

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In September 2012, the General Office of the State Council officially suspended the one-decade-long nationwide policy of regulating the mapping of primary and secondary schools in rural areas. One important backdrop against the adjustment of school mapping was the huge decline of school-age population of both primary and secondary education in the recent 10 years. The intention of the policy of adjusting rural school mapping was the sharp decline of school-age population in rural areas and the consequent lack of students in rural schools and difficulty to maintain those schools. Due to huge differences in geography and social development levels in different places throughout the country, the effects of removal and merge of rural schools varied from one place to another. This policy had an extremely far-reaching negative influence upon the construction of new rural areas and its culture in almost all of the rural areas.

Keywords: General Office of the State Council; primary education; rural areas; school mapping; school-age population; secondary education



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