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Implementation Suggestions on Doing a Still Better Job of Helping Students from Impoverished Families at the Stage of Compulsory Education in This Municipality

Implementation Suggestions on Doing a Still Better Job of Helping Students from Impoverished Families at the Stage of Compulsory Education in This Municipality
 
To further implement the spirit of the documents and meetings of the State Council and relevant departments of the Central Government, as well as the requirements by the Municipal Party Committee and the Municipal People’s Government for helping students from impoverished families in their education, we hereby put forward the following implementation suggestions on doing a still better job of helping students from impoverished families at the stage of compulsory education in this Municipality:
I. Targets of Help for the Impoverished in Their Education
1. Students from families of low financial security in urban or suburban areas in this Municipality, as certified by departments of civil administration, who go to public schools of different types in their neighborhood (or non-governmental schools appointed by district/county education departments to enroll students in their respective neighborhood) at the stage of compulsory education in this Municipality.
2. Students from families in special difficulties in urban or suburban areas in this Municipality, as certified by departments of civil administration, who go to public schools of different types in their neighborhood (or non-governmental schools appointed by district/county education departments to enroll students in their respective neighborhood) at the stage of compulsory education in this Municipality.
In particular, they include: (1) Children of those people who have given their lives for the State and are recognized as martyrs upon the approval of the People’s Government; (2) students whose parents are both dead, and whose appointed guardians’families are in financial difficulty; (3) students from families in financial difficulty, either of whose parents has major or serious illnesses or is incapable of work; (4) students from families in financial difficulty, either of whose parents is seriously disabled; (5) students from single-parent families in financial difficulty, either of whose parents is dead.
The definition of financial difficulty shall be formulated according to the uniform standard set by departments of civil administration in this Municipality.
3. Students with permanent residence in this Municipality from other families in financial difficulty who go to public schools of different types in their neighborhood at the stage of compulsory education in this Musicality.
II. Contents of Helping
1. For students from families of low financial security and in special difficulties
(1) They shall be exempt from miscellaneous fees;
(2) They shall be exempt from textbook fees;
(3) They shall be provided with living subsidies.
2. For students from other families in financial difficulty
(1) They shall be exempt from miscellaneous fees or have such fees reduced;
(2) They shall be provided with student grants.
III. The Standard of Reduction, Exemption and Subsidization
1. Students from families of low financial security and in special difficulties
(1) Exemption from miscellaneous fees and textbook fees shall be implemented according to the current standard of charge in public schools for the stage of compulsory education. In case of schools with transformed system, the standard of charge in public schools shall be used as a reference in implementation.
(2) The standard of living subsidy shall be 110 yuan RMB per month per student (for 9 months each year).
2. Students from other families in financial difficulty
(1) Miscellaneous fees shall be exempted or reduced, as appropriate, depending on the actual degree of difficulty and according to the current standard of charge in public school for the stage of compulsory education.
(2) Student grants shall be provided, depending on the actual degree of difficulty, and the specific standard is:
Primary school: Category A is 120 yuan RMB per month per student;
Category B is 90 yuan RMB per month per student;
Category C is 60 yuan RMB per month per student;
Middle school: Category A is 170 yuan RMB per month per student;
Category B is 140 yuan RMB per month per student;
Category C is 110 yuan RMB per month per student;
IV. Mode of Operation
1. Students from families of low financial security and in special difficulties
(1) Students (or their guardians) who apply for exemption from miscellaneous fees and textbook fees, and for living subsidy shall submit written applications to the administrative offices of social relief affairs in the neighborhoods (townships and towns), where their permanent residences are registered and complete the“Application Form for Help for Students from Impoverished Families at the Stage of Compulsory Education”. Upon their examination, verification and certification, the administrative offices of social relief affairs in the neighborhoods (townships or towns) shall issue to those who meet the necessary conditions corresponding education-aid coupons to help the impoverished (hereinafter referred to as coupons of education-aid). The application formalities shall be performed once every school term.
(2) On coming to school for registration, the students shall hand over the coupons of education-aid to the school staff, who shall then perform necessary fee exemption formalities according to relevant standards of charges set by the Municipal Education Commission.
(3) After checking, stamping, registering and filing the coupons of education-aid, the schools authorities shall settle accounts with district/county education bureaus. Coupons of education-aid shall be settled once every school term.
(4) Real names shall be used on coupons of education-aid and it is prohibited to transfer or cash the coupons.
(5) Impoverished students receiving coupons of education-aid shall receive living subsidy.
2. Students from other families in financial difficulty
(1) Exemption from and reduction of miscellaneous fees. Students shall submit written applications to the school authorities and complete the“Application Form for Miscellaneous Fee Exemption or Reduction”. The school authorities shall consider the degree of the financial difficulties of the students and grand such exemption or reduction upon the approval of school leadership.
(2) Provision of student grants. Students shall submit written application to the school authorities and complete the“Application Form for Student Grants”, detailing their family income and financial difficulties; upon the approval of the school leadership, student grants shall be paid every month. Such applications shall be processed once every school term, with application formalities performed at the beginning of a school term.
V. Channels for funds
1. Following the principal of“two levels of government and administration at two levels”, governments at all levels shall continue to increase their fund input for education so as to guarantee the availability of funds for helping students from impoverished families in education. In their budget for educational undertaking, all districts and counties shall list an additional item of special-purpose funds for“two reductions and one exemption”for students from families of low financial security and in special difficulty in urban and suburban areas in this Municipality.
2. Funds for reduction of and exemption from miscellaneous fees and for provision of student grants for students from other families in financial difficulty shall be covered under the school public expenditure and listed by all districts and counties in their department budget for educational undertakings.
3. Funds used for exemption, reduction and subsidization to be provided by financial departments at all levels shall be appropriated to schools in full and on time.
VI. Other Matters
With regard to helping impoverished students with permanent residence in this Municipality who attend schools for the deaf and blind and for students with special difficulties to receive full-time nine-year compulsory education,“Suggestions on the Reduction of and Exemption from Educational Expenses for Students in Special Education Schools in Shanghai for the Nine-year Stage of Compulsory Education”(SECB [2005] No.20) shall apply.
VII. Implementation Time
The present suggestions shall become effective from September 1, 2005.
In case any of the previous policies formulated in this Municipality concerning helping students from impoverished families at the stage of compulsory education is not in accord with the present suggestions, the present suggestions shall be taken as the standard.
All districts and counties may formulate corresponding procedures on helping students from impoverished families in education according to the present suggestions.


 

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