FREE EDUC IN IMPOVERISHED COUNTY

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(1005 CR M05)FREE EDUC IN IMPOVERISHED COUNTYDATELINE: Oct. 5, 2011LENGTH: 00:03:12PKGINTROA poverty-stricken county in northwest China has won applause for its ground-breaking attempt to provide free kindergarten education.It's the country's first impoverished inland county to offer 15 years of free schooling in addition to nine-year compulsory education and three-year high school education.China Report has the story.PKGWith a population of 74,000, Ningshan County in northwestern Shaanxi Province reported revenue of less than 5 million U.S. dollars last year. The annual per capita income of the county's residents is no more than 600 dollars.However, the county government spent roughly two-fifths of its income on education, which was more than the national average of 12.5 percent.SOUNDBITE(CHINESE): SHI GONGFU, BUREAU OF EDUCATION IN NINGSHAN"We have spent more than 2 million dollars, about 40 percent of the county's fiscal revenue, on education. The money was mainly spent on the nutr Powered by www.newslook.com Producer : Xinhua News Agency

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