Right to education

Updated: 2013-05-14 15:15

(China Daily)

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According to reports from Southern Metropolis Daily, a member of staff at a local residents' committee in Foshan city, Guangdong province, said migrant mothers will need to provide proof they are using an intrauterine device to prevent pregnancy in order for their children to be eligible for local primary schools. Such discrimination should be stopped, says an article on gmw.cn. Excerpts:

The Law on Compulsory Education requires children receive nine years' compulsory education. Migrant children in Foshan should enjoy the same education rights as their urban counterparts.

If the local authorities require migrant children's families to have an IUD certificate before their children are allowed in schools it is a form of discrimination against migrant workers.

Compared with urban residents, migrant workers themselves are already a disadvantaged group who need more care and protection from governments. The IUD policy instead imposes restrictions and bullies migrant parents.

The welfare of children relates to the prospects of the nation. It is shortsighted to set any restrictions depriving them of education. It is understandable that with an increase in the number of migrant kids, urban education resources face mounting pressure. But the proper way to resolve this problem is to increase education investment and expand education resources.

To deprive some children of their right to receive education in the hope of striking a superficial balance is just a Procrustean bed. Consequently, children become the scapegoats for parents who do not observe the family planning policy.

We should be aware of the "butterfly effect" when it comes to the unfair treatment of migrant children. Meanwhile, we must call an end to any coercive measures on the pretext of observing family planning policy.

(China Daily 05/14/2013 page9)