Preimer Wen Jiabao presides over a meeting on
education in Beijing Feb. 4, 2010. The Premier presided over five meetings from
Jan. 11 to Feb. 6 to solicit opinions from representatives from all walks of
life on a plan of education reform and development that the Chinese government
is formulating. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao
has held five meetings over the past month to seek opinions and suggestions on a
draft featuring guidelines of an education reform plan of China for the next
The document, entitled "State guidelines for middle- and
long-term educational reform and development plan", is intended to chart the
course for education development in China before 2020.
The country began
working on the document in late August 2008, and a leading group with Premier
Wen in charge, was set up to be responsible for the drafting
Among Wen's guests invited to Zhongnanhai in Beijing for the
meetings were education experts, teachers, parents, students, and education
The invitees aired advice and suggestions on
reforming the management system of colleges, improving quality of vocational
education, reducing children's study loads, and loosening limitations on the
education of migrant workers' children in cities at the meetings held from Jan.
11 to Feb. 6.
Wen said the reform plan must stick to principles including
emancipation of the mind from shackles of traditional concepts and system to
realize scientific development in education, letting teaching faculty, instead
of the administrative staff, play a leading role in schools, and advancing an
equal distribution of educational resources.
Apart from the five
meetings, other forms, such as opening a designated e-mail box, organizing
Internet forums, and launching a special column with the website of the Ministry
of Education have also been tried to solicit opinions and suggestions for
drafting of the document.
After the fifth round of opinion soliciting on
Saturday, the document would be made public so that more people in the country
would participate in the consultation and extra advice be heard before the
document could be revised and improved, said Wen. Source: