China To Adopt Performance-Based Payment System For Teachers
Education China 01/05/2009
China will adopt a new performance-based payment system for teachers in compulsory education, wherein  their average pay will not be lower than that of civil servants. China has a nine-year compulsory education policy where children receive six years of free education in primary school and three years in secondary or middle  school.

At a recent executive meeting presided by Premier Wen Jiabao, the State Council approved a document on the implementation of the results-and-performance-linked payment in schools of compulsory education.

As discussed during the meeting, the reform in the payment scheme is aimed to attract and encourage excellent talents to consider  working in the educational field for  a  long-term career so as to promote the country's educational undertakings.

The new policy will be implemented beginning January 1, 2009.

In addition, retired teachers from schools of compulsory education will get government subsidies.

The payment reform will be implemented  in combination with other reforms in compulsory schools such as on personnel management, funding and fee collection, and financial management in compulsory schools.

The central government will give due assistance to the reform, while  provincial governments will provide the funds. The implementation of the reform shall be the responsibility  of  county-level governments.

Furthermore,  the Ministry of Education, in cooperation  with the relevant departments  will  expand special teaching vacancies in the compulsory education stage in the rural areas.