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Early days, as China’s floating sea of migrant workers accounts for 17% its total.

I recall fondly a conversation with a mother of two kids who has run the gauntlet from north to south of China, gaining employment in agriculture everywhere she went. It opened my mind. China internally, had so very much to offer each other. She even ventured as far as Myanmar, but that is for another story.

There are 56 official anchors to the central collective.

But with the digital age opening the floodgates to global village of perspectives, the game changer was China’s own calculated risk to use the Internet to its socio-economic advantage. Yet, very often they are wrongly misinterpreted as a homogenous bunch sucked into one overarching and dominant ‘dream’ narrative by foreign media. There are at maximum potential a working class the world can never match in numbers. Volume. It has been China’s strategy all along.

By settling this roving skilled population, and making them happy -The leaders have on their side a unique form of leverage no one else in the world has. Skilled artisans roving the nation via its expanding transport network, means they can fix things fast. So now they are training for this.

An education at large, liberates the mind. It can only be good they can stay with their parents as a result. At that young age, from 0-7 most parents should attest to how important those years are to socialized and be naturally identified as a parent at a young age.

Nevertheless, the 4,500 involved accounts for just 0.0005% of examinees. Still, a glimmer of an indicator of equitable growth to come.

Of course, the other startling figure in this article is the sheer number of examinees in each year’s gaokao – 9.12 million. It strongly challenges the mind to be graded on the same rubric as almost ten million others. In Singapore, I competed against -a cohort of 30,000 odd. The game plan to compete against a stack so high must be a daunting hurdle…

As many as 9.12 million students from across the country attended this year’s gaokao. It was particularly noteworthy for 4,500 students who were able to sit the exam in the city where they live but don’t hold a local household registration, or hukou. Previously, they would have had to return to their hometowns to take the exam. The policy of opening the gaokao to non-local residents has been implemented in more than 20 provinces and municipalities this year. Shu Meng, Global Times

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Opening gaokao to non-locals a good first step
By Shu Meng
Source – Global Times, published June 8, 2013

Roadblocks were set up and traffic control measures were adopted around many schools in China yesterday, for the first day of the National College Entrance Examination, or gaokao, this year.

The gaokao is, perhaps, the most important moment for most students due to the importance of the results, which will determine the university they attend and even their future fate.

As many as 9.12 million students from across the country attended this year’s gaokao. It was particularly noteworthy for 4,500 students who were able to sit the exam in the city where they live but don’t hold a local household registration, or hukou. Previously, they would have had to return to their hometowns to take the exam. The policy of opening the gaokao to non-local residents has been implemented in more than 20 provinces and municipalities this year.

Please click here to read the full article at the Global Times.

With rapid urbanization, a growing number of migrant workers have moved to cities. According to a speech made by Chen Xiwen, Deputy Head of Central Rural Work Leading Group, last November there were 230 million members of the floating population who have moved to cities or towns without a local hukou. These huge numbers of migrants have made outstanding contributions to the construction of urban environments.

But with migrants’ children often going to schools in cities where their parents work, local residents are worried about the limited educational resources of those cities being diluted. The conflict between local residents in big cities and non-local ones over eligibility to take the gaokao has lasted for years and no substantial progress had been made until this year.

However, it’s too early to celebrate yet, because although the floating population accounts for 17 percent of China’s population, the 4,500 non-local residents who took the gaokao only account for o.ooo5 percent of gaokao examinees.

Multiple factors have contributed to this, including complicated application procedures, the late implementation of policies and various requirements imposed on parents. Moreover, municipalities with huge floating populations and rich educational resources such as Beijing and Shanghai still have not opened the door to non-local students.

It is of no doubt that gaokao is still the fairest means to select talent in the nation.

It represents a chance for people to change their fates and climb the ladder of success.

But because of the importance of this exam, inequities within it must not be neglected.

The opening of the gaokao to some non-local examinees is just the first step. More efforts and effective methods are needed to guarantee that every student, wherever they come from, have equal rights to create a bright future for themselves.

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