Chinese political advisors during a consultation session Friday offered proposals on stepping up the cultivation of preschool teachers.
The biweekly session held by the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), China's top political advisory body, was presided over by Wang Yang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the CPPCC National Committee.
Wang stressed the importance of stepping up the cultivation of preschool teachers, who assume the dual functions of child care and education and play an important role in promoting the healthy growth of children and sound development of preschool education.
While hailing achievements China has made in preschool education since the 18th National Congress of the CPC, political advisors at Friday's event said preschool education is still a weak point in China's education system. Its development remains unbalanced and inadequate and still lacks of quality preschool teachers as well as easily accessible, affordable kindergartens.
Some political advisors proposed that the government should fulfill its responsibility in promoting preschool education development, and meanwhile, give full play to the role of the market.
They called for a substantial increase of funds to be allocated by the government for preschool education as well as innovating the mechanism of funding for preschool education, and encouraging running of kindergartens with social resources.
China should increase the number of university students who are enrolled to free preschool education programs and foster more quality professional kindergarten teachers, according to the political advisors.
They said a system for preschool teachers to receive regular training should be established, and the systems governing their qualification, promotion and pay should be reformed, among the country's efforts to create an atmosphere where preschool teachers are well respected.
They also called for stepping up legislation regarding preschool education, to provide legal guarantee for preschool teachers.
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