All rural children in Xinjiang have access to free pre-school education

URUMQI (XINHUA) – China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region has realised the full coverage of free pre-school education in rural areas with the continuous increase of educational investment, according to a press conference held on Monday.

Xinjiang has invested heavily in the construction, renovation and expansion of 4,408 kindergartens in rural areas, according to the press conference.

At present, all the pre-school children aged four to six in the autonomous region are receiving pre-school education in kindergartens, and can enjoy free lunches, snacks and fruits.

In 2019, Xinjiang spent CNY86.31 billion (about USD12.15 billion) on education in the general public budget, a year-on-year increase of about CNY4.77 billion or 5.85 per cent, said local authorities.

Since 2017, the autonomous region has invested more than CNY29 billion in student financial aid.