China Daily Asia
20th January 2017
China to boost education for vulnerable groups
By Hu Yongqi
Measures to prevent disease and enhance rehabilitation services among approved regulations
Special education tops the agenda for two recently-approved regulations that also target improving disease prevention measures and rehabilitation services for the estimated 85 million people with disabilities in China.
An executive meeting of the State Council, presided over by Premier Li Keqiang on Jan 11, approved a new regulation on prevention and rehabilitation for people with disabilities, as well as a draft amendment on the regulation on education, which was promulgated in 1994, according to a statement released after the meeting.
The amendment requires that educational resources for special education be properly allocated to different regions while quality should be improved with teachers' incomes raised, in addition to a prerequisite to ensure nine-year compulsory education for children with disabilities from primary to middle school.
Meanwhile, the new regulation stipulates that the government will offer more funds to target the causes of disability and strengthen rehabilitation services for those suffering from it.