Not encouraging rural kids to go to university?
Netizens have unanimously opposed the idea of "not encouraging rural students to go to university," which was raised yesterday by Wang Ping, a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and director of Beijing Museum of Chinese Nation, the Information Times reports. "We should not encourage rural students to go to university because once they go they are not willing to go back to their hometown, and it's a tragedy that they will not return home," Wang said.
However, the netizens think the gap between rural and urban areas is key to the problem, and everyone has a right to pursue happiness. Although rural students living in cities may lead a hard life, it's still much better than staying in the countryside. Lin Shuguang, a deputy to the National People's Congress and dean of the People's Hospital of Guangdong, thinks if the rural areas are constructed better, people will naturally go there.
Minors wired to Internet
According to a survey released recently by the Chinese Young Pioneers Business Development Center and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, about 47 percent of the minors in China owned a mobile phone and 40 percent used it to go online, the China Youth Daily reports. The results show that most children use cell phones to chat, read blogs, play games, and search for information on the Internet. The survey, which was conducted over 6 months, included mainly students between 10 and 18 in 106 middle and elementary schools across the country.
(China.org.cn March 10, 2011)