Figure 8.6 School attendance rate among children aged 6–17, 2000, 2010 and 2015
CHAPTER 8 EDUCATION AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT
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Source: National Bureau of Statistics, UNICEF China, UNFPA China, ‘Population Status of Children in China in 2015: Facts and Figures’, 2017
Between 2000 and 2015, the school attendance rate among children aged 6–17 markedly increased. By 2015, 93 per cent of children of school age were attending school. However, disparities in access to education between urban and rural areas, and between Han and ethnic minorities are still apparent. Rural areas lagged behind urban areas, poverty-stricken rural areas were worse off, and ethnic minority children performed poorer than Han children. The school attendance rate among rural children left-behind was better than that of other rural children. Migrant children’s overall school attendance rate was low because some older migrant children joined the migrant workforce.