Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Monday, June 28, 2010

有鸡还是先有蛋?(The chicken or the egg?)

These two news stories from Xinhua seem to echo one another. Which came first?

(Credit for the translation above goes to Google Translate.)

CPC Political Bureau approves education reform plan
The Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee... approved an education reform plan for the next decade, which aims for greater education investment and fairer distribution of resources.

Presided over by the CPC Central Committee General Secretary Hu Jintao,a meeting of the Politburo approved the final version of the Medium- and Long-term National Educational Reform and Development Plan (2010-2020).

The Politburo, the CPC's top decision-making body, said in a statement that education was the fundamental cause for the revitalization of China and social progress in the future…

According to the plan, government investment will increase steadily to support the education sector, with the ratio of education expenditure in terms of gross domestic product (GDP) to be 4 percent by 2012.

In 2008, the ratio stood at 3.48 percent, compared with the average international level of 4.5 percent...

The plan said giving students fairer access to quality education would be a "fundamental policy," with more public education resources for rural, impoverished and ethnic areas.

The reforms would also encourage private organizations and individuals to play a greater role in the education system, said the statement…



China's Cabinet approves education reform plan
The Chinese government has approved an education reform plan for next decade which promises to prioritize the development of education while ensuring fairness in the system.

A meeting of the State Council, or China's Cabinet, approved the final version of the Medium and Long-term National Educational Reform and Development Plan (2010-2020)...

Government investment will increase steadily to support the education sector, with the ratio of government's education expenditure in terms of gross domestic product (GDP) to be 4 percent by 2012, according to the meeting presided over by Premier Wen Jiabao.

In 2008 the ratio stood at 3.48 percent, compared with the world's average level of 4.5 percent…

The plan said giving students fairer access to quality education would be a "fundamental policy," with more public education resources to be arranged for rural, impoverished and ethnic areas.

The statement said the plan would bring "innovation" to the way universities enrolled students, without giving details.

The reforms would also encourage private organizations and individuals to play a greater role in the education system, according to the statement...

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