|Cai Xichun answers reporters' questions at a conference. [People.cn]|
National People's Congress (NPC) deputy Cai Xichun has said that officials should introduce more measures to improve childcare training standards and protect the basic rights of maternity matrons.
Cai is a senior baby nurse at the organization Nanchang Women's Housework Service, which is based in the city in east China's Jiangxi Province.
She said that with the accelerated pace of urban life, the demand for the domestic service industry grows fast. Whilst there are some problems in the development of maternity services, these have acutely affected the industry's healthy development.
At present, the government has issued national standards and databases for maternity and childcare professions, and has also established an assessment and appraisal of relevant national qualification certificates.
However, there are still many "pseudo-certificates" issued by companies and enterprises, which have left many consumers unaware.
Cai suggested that governments at all levels should increase their efforts to establish the authority of national qualification certificates, further improve its verification, and combine assessments of the professional competence of maternity matrons.
She also proposed that a monthly training system should be established as soon as possible so as to standardize qualifications. She suggests building a third-party comprehensive information network platform to improve the evaluation system through new media and other online platforms.
(Source: People.cn/Translated and edited by Women of China)
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