In 2001, the education budget was reportedly only 3.19% of the CGP. Although this is the highest rate since 1949, it is still much less than the average education budget in the world - around 5% of GDP. Wages for teachers are increasingly difficult to find and it has been estimated that teachers throughout China are owed several million Yuan in back pay. In many rural areas, lack of funds has seen a huge decrease in available candidates for teaching. Many poorer schools are asking children to work in schools to raise funds often with devastating consequences.
China Labour Bulletin has produced several short reports on the issue of education and teachers rights in China.
These can be found at
CLB has also monitored several cases of teachers protests and strikes in recent months and years. For more details on these cases, please see
January 2004: Summary of Workers Protests
December 2003: Summary of Workers Protests in November 2003
5 November 2003: 1,300 Suizhou schoolteachers launch protests against unequal wages
14 December 2002: Retired Teachers in Jiangsu Protest over Wage Cut
13 December 2002: Teachers in Jiangsu Marched against Wage Cut
November 2001: Shandong Teachers on Strike over Wage Arrears