[photopress:xenjiang_student.jpg,full,alignright]The number of girls in colleges and universities in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region has exceeded that of boys for the first time in history.
There were 102,900 girls, or 51.62% of the total students, in all the 31 colleges and universities in Xinjiang last year according to officials with the region’s education department.
Among the total of 8,421 postgraduate students in Xinjiang, 4,292 or 50.97% were female.
The increased number of female students was a result of Xinjiang’s development of education. More farmers and herdsmen in the ethnic region sent their daughters to school as the government invested more in education.
More than 99% of children at school age were in primary schools at the end of last year.
Last year China exempted students in rural areas of western China from tuition and miscellaneous fees related to nine-year compulsory education. The exemptions will be expanded to central and eastern regions this year.
Educational investment in rural China will total RMB223.5 billion this year, a rise of RMB39.5 billion year on year.
Source: China News.cn