[photopress:china_university_students.jpg,full,alignright]A survey, possibly slightly biased, shows that an increase in China’s university tuition fees is not welcome. It is claimed that it is beyond what people can pay. China Youth Daily prepared the survey which shows that 86.1% of the 18,523 respondents believe China’s university tuition fees are too high. In fairness, a similar survey conducted in almost any country in the world would bring similar results.
A total of 43.7% of respondents agreed the fees should be in accordance with people’s ability to pay.
The fees have gone from RMB100 ($12) per semester in 1989 to some RMB5,000 ($641). Two-thirds of students come from impoverished regions and their families make an annual average of RMB4,000 ($512).
The Oriental Morning Post reported: ‘It is an indisputable fact that charges for higher education are a bit too high today. Middle- and low-income families are facing difficulties in affording their children’s schooling.’
Zhang Baoqing, deputy Minister of Education said the present tuition rates are beyond the financial capacity of most. Yet the number of graduates reached a record high of 4.95 million in the past year, according to data released by the Ministry of Education.
Source: BBS China Daily