Transforming School Education in China to a Mass System: Progress and Challenges
China is undergoing massive economic and social change. It is the world’s fastestgrowing major economy. According to one source, during the past three years China has accounted for one-third of global economic growth (measured at purchasingpower parity), twice that of the United States (Economist 2004). In the past year, China’s official GDP growth rate has surged to 9.7 per cent. The transformation that is underway has major implications for China’s school system. Rapid economic development requires an education system that can keep pace with the growing demand for a more highly skilled workforce. However, China faces huge challenges in doing this.
KeywordsChinese Communist Party Mass System Vocational School Illiteracy Rate Senior Secondary School
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