PUBLISHED : Thursday, 18 March, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 18 March, 2010, 12:00am

Reading comprehension

Answer the following questions:

1 Why don't Hu Zhongping's children have the same access to education as their neighbours in Beijing?

a. because Hu lacks money

b. because of the hukou registration system

c. because of insufficient school places

d. because his children have poor academic results

2 What do migrant workers have to do to get a place for their children at a state school?

i) have connections

ii) donate money to the school

iii) submit documents such as employment contracts

iv) pass a parents evaluation

a. i) and ii)

b. i), ii) and iii)

c. ii), iii) and iv)

d. all of above

3. What has made it even more difficult for the children of migrant workers in Beijing to get into a school recently?

a. a new law that bans them from attending state schools

b. an increase in students competing for places

c. an urban development plan that will see the demolition of 30 schools

d. all of the above

4. What is the government's concern over changing the hukou system?

a. It might slow urbanisation.

b. It might encourage migrant workers to increase spending, which is not line with the goal of policymakers.

c. It could cause fierce opposition by rural workers.

d. Changes could lead to too many migrant workers from rural areas moving to the cities.

Think about

1 What does the future hold for rural workers' children who are unable to find a school in cities?

2 Should people's rights be set according to their class or background?

3 How does the hukou registration system affect rural workers and their children's livelihood?

4 What are the advantages of the hukou system?

5 Why have state leaders agreed to relax hukou requirements only in small and medium cities?

Follow-up activities

1 Find out more online about the hukou system, which dates back to ancient times. Study the rationale behind its implementation, recent modifications and controversies.

2 Design a one-week study schedule for children who cannot go to school because of the hukou restrictions.


March 11

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