Vocational Education in Figures

Funding for vocational education

Source: www.moe.gov.cn

Vocational education has played an increasing role in creating equity and supporting poverty eradication. China has implemented a number of vocational education promotion projects, such as building demonstrative secondary and higher vocational education institutions, improving vocational education quality and facilitating industry-education integration, which have witnessed the emergence of a wide array of high-performing schools, strong disciplines and high-caliber teacher workforce. In 2017, government funding for vocational education across the country reached 335 billion RMB. The student aid system targeting students from low income families has been improved, providing tuition exemption and grants to 90% and 40% of secondary vocational students respectively and offering scholarships and grants to 30% and 25% of vocational college students respectively. Over the past three years, thanks to the rapid development of vocational education, 8.5 million families have for the first time in their family history realized their dream of sending their children to college. Meanwhile, an East-West regional cooperation plan has been implemented to provide vocational training to farmers, rural migrant workers, laid-off workers, the unemployed and people with disabilities, making a significant contribution to the country’s achievement in poverty relief over recent years, i.e. lifting over 10 million people out of poverty on average every year.