A Ministry of Education (MOE) expert advisory committee on group assistance in the field of rural talent cultivation held a work conference in a hybrid format on February 25–26. Committee members discussed their experience and the effectiveness of their past work, existing problems and difficulties, and plans for the coming years. All members of the committee and chiefs of relevant MOE departments attended the conference.
The conference noted that the committee members had worked actively to beef up resources and reach out to rural education institutions and workers to achieve improvement. Through field research, online surveys, online meetings, and other methods, they targeted 247 senior middle schools in 160 key rural counties under the national rural revitalization program (2018–2035) in 10 western provinces or autonomous regions. They analyzed the issues faced by the 247 school principals as well as 2,145 teachers and staff and provided them with useful guidance and suggestions.
The conference stressed the importance of fully implementing the strategic work of group assistance in talent training. Substantial efforts need to be made to complete four improvement tasks in the next stage, i.e., improving educational quality, improving the capacity of the teaching force, improving student well-roundedness, and improving school management.
The conference also called on committee members to step up their contributions to promoting group assistance in support of rural revitalization. They should: (1) conduct adequate research to grasp and understand the reality of rural schools and give them targeted guidance; (2) develop solutions to specific problems in local educational development, with a focus on pedagogical quality improvement, teacher capacity building, and transformation of educational systems; (3) create group synergy by integrating views and perspectives from different parties and coordinating interactions to facilitate cooperation; and (4) pursue effectiveness and efficiency in group assistance by increasing aid to recipient schools.