School in Jilin has only 6 students and 4 teachers, 15 November

15 Nov 2013

Hope Primary School in Longwang Township of Nong'an County, Jilin Province was the first hope primary school in Nong'an County 18 years ago. There was a time when the school had over 60 students at most. But now it has only 6 students and 4 teachers. A new policy requiring the merging of poorly-equipped schools in 2006 resulted in a sharp decline of student numbers at many village primary schools which located in remoted areas with outdated teaching conditions. Most families prefer to send children to better schools in the town, leaving village schools to face the challenge of enrollment decrease and fund shortage. All photos from Xinhua.