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Inequality in China: No Schools For Migrant Children

Inequality in China: No Schools For Migrant Children
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Some 14,000 children in Beijing are without education after Chinese authorities closed their schools, says the BBC. The children’s predicament reveals the inequalities in Chinese society: The children are all from migrant families. Under China’s household registration (or Hukou) system, migrant families must still be registered in their hometowns even if they live miles away in cities where they have found, or are seeking, work. Without registration, families are without state-subsidized services, like health and education, and children must attend cheap, privately-run schools that are mostly unregulated by authorities.

At the end of 2009, China’s population of rural migrant workers numbered estimated 229.8 million, of which about 149 million are thought to work outside their registered home area.

According to China’s Xinhua news agency, 24 schools in Beijing’s Haidian, Chaoyang and Daxing districts were closed just before they were to start a new term. Chinese authorities said the schools did not meet standards for construction, sports facilities and other safety issues; the head teacher of one school said that it was “unrealistic to expect migrant schools to meet these standards.” Another teacher commented that her 1,400 students now had no place to go to school. Zhang Zhiqiang, the founder of the group Migrant Workers’ Friend, said that the shutdown of the migrant children’s schools “highlighted discrimination against migrant workers,” while Xinhua said the issue had led to “wide public concerns over inequality in education.”

China’s meteoric economic growth over the past three decades since Richard Nixon led a delegation of US officials (including Vice President Joe Biden, who is currently on a 5-day state visit in China) has occurred “with largely unquestioned assumptions that increasing affluence would lead to a happier, wealthier and more equitable society,” notes the BBC.

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4:15AM PDT on Aug 20, 2011

I don't know how care2 can stop those "spam-robots". and their other advertising is how they get to buy stuff when we cash in butterflies.

4:34PM PDT on Aug 18, 2011

What we are seeing in China is the reality of a relatively unfettered free market economy that offers few worker or environmental protections...exactly the same thing the corporatist right wingers are doing their best to dismantle in the US and Canada.

4:19PM PDT on Aug 18, 2011

I'd rather be poor in China than poor in India - or the US for that matter. At least China is not riddled with crack addicts and it's safe to walk the streets.

3:51PM PDT on Aug 18, 2011

Berny P., Marilyn L...perhaps Care2 is allowing the concept of Human Rights to prevail (for Lily).

FYI, discrimination and inequality prevails everywhere. You just have to look a little deeper.

BTW Berny...the word is: polluting, not poluing

2:33PM PDT on Aug 18, 2011

Just because China wants to sell on Care2 or anywhere else does not mean you have to buy. I find the ads, whoever they are, annoying and wish Care2 would block them.

It would seem from this article that China not only has a huge human rights problem it has a discrimination problem.

12:34PM PDT on Aug 18, 2011

We have contributed to this by allowing the corporations to take advantage of these and other disadvantaged peoples all over the world. All these trade agreements with other countries do nothing but allow the corporations to get a foot in the door to use them until their resources are used up or polluted all to hell, then move on. We inflicted this on the world and we are now also paying for it.

7:06AM PDT on Aug 18, 2011

tHE CHINESE PEOPLE WILL DO WHAT THEY WANT ...WHEN THEY WANT ..

iT IS A SHAME BUT THEY VERY OFTEN ONLY UNDERSTAND FORCE.....

LOOK ON THIS SITE...CARE 2......MANY CHINESE ARE USING IT FOR SELLING THEIR FAKE GOODS AND SOMEHOW CARE2 ARE UNWILLING.....OR UNABLE TO STOP THEM........

tHIS DOES NOT HELP OUR JOB SITUATION!!

MIGRANTS SCHOOLS ARE LIKE EVERYTHING ELSE....IF YOU WANT THEM YOU HAVE TO FORCE IT.

I LEAVED IN CHINA AND HAVE WORKED VOLUNTARY IN THESE SCHOOLS AND THE CHILDREN WANT TO LEARN AS THEY KNOW THAT IT IS THEIR ONLY WAY OUT OF POVERTY!

7:00AM PDT on Aug 18, 2011

TO LILY.....

STOP POLUING THIS SITE WITH YOUR FAKE CHINESE GOODS!

6:58AM PDT on Aug 18, 2011

TO LILY I...

STOP POLUING CARE 2 SITE WITH YOUR ...FAKE CHINESE GOODS ....WE DONT NEED YOU!

5:47AM PDT on Aug 18, 2011

This is exteme discrimination!

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