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Cover Story: School’s Out for China’s Rural Students as Classrooms Close

By Huang Huizhao, Zhong Tengda and Denise Jia
2024年07月01日 07:33
A record low birth rate and the shuttering of traditional industries has left thousands of rural schools without any students, forcing a scramble by the government to consolidate the education system

The once bustling main building of Xingshan Second Primary School in Hegang, a key coal mining city in China’s northeastern Heilongjiang province, now stands eerily quiet. Despite appearing relatively new from afar, up close it’s evident that disuse over time has taken its toll, with overgrown grass lining the empty schoolyard where children once played.

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