China sees growth in preschool education: ministry

BEIJING, Dec. 12 (Xinhua) — Preschool education has expanded in China in the past few years, with a growing number of affordable kindergartens accommodating more children across the country, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Education (MOE).

China had about 108,000 public kindergartens nationwide at the end of 2019, an increase of 31,000 from 2015, while the number of private kindergartens offering affordable education totaled 95,000, 37,000 more than that in 2016, the ministry figures show.

The increase has significantly eased the pressure on enrollment in kindergartens.

The gross enrollment rate of three-year preschool education had hit 83.4 percent by the end of 2019, up 8.4 percentage points from 2015, said the MOE, adding that the figure is expected to reach 85 percent in 2020. 

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