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Chinese migrants’ children have educational right in Tibet, unlike in China

January 5, 2011

(www.TibetanReview.net, Dec31, 2010)

As part of its programmes to encourage
Chinese from mainland China to come and work in Tibet, despite severe
employment problems for the local Tibetans, the authorities in capital
Lhasa have ensured that their children’s educational needs are fully
looked after, according to China’s online Tibet news service
eng.tibet.cn Dec 219. In China itself, denial of educational opportunity
is one of the major disadvantages facing migrant workers in the cities.

The report said that over 10,000 children from migrant workers' families
were attending schools in Lhasa. It added that the figure amounted to 80
percent of the city’s floating population aged for compulsory education.
What is more, they make up 37 percent of the total number of urban
primary and middle school students in the city.

The report cited a local official in the city’s educational
administration as saying Lhasa had, in recent years, taken various
measures to ensure children from migrant workers' families go to public
schools, as well as private ones on a supplementary basis, to guarantee
their rights to education.

The result, the report said, was that children from migrant workers'
families had no difficulties in accessing compulsory education,
including for the fact that no additional fees are required from them.

Following the large scale Tibetan protests in Mar’08, a task force was
set up, headed by Padma Choling, who was then a deputy regional
government Chairman, to welcome Chinese migrants and to look after their
interests and take care of all their needs to feel secure and welcome.

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