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Tibet extends rural subsidy
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update on Friday, March 4, 2011
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The government of China's Tibet Autonomous Region plans to double the budget earmarked for the rural educational subsidy scheme this year to 1.01 billion yuan (HK$1.2 billion) to expand its coverage to include more than 500,000 school-aged children, mostly from herding families.

Children in rural Tibet from kindergartens to senior high schools will each receive 2,000 yuan to cover annual expenses on food, clothing, and school supplies, while they stay in boarding schools. Those from remote areas will receive extra subsidies.

China provides free education for school-aged children in Tibet and has been providing subsidies to herders' children since 1985, but excluded kindergarten children. Xinhua

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