New Achievements In Education
Sichuan has 59,000 schools with 18.4 million students. It has 62 institutions of higher learning with 180,000 students. It has 32,171 graduate students on campus. It has 5,000 high schools with 4.8 million students.
The 10-Year Action Plan for the Development of Education in Sichuan's Ethnic Minority Areas is implemented smoothly. The nine-year compulsory education is available in 143 counties and covers 95 per cent of the population, greatly improving the teaching quality in ethnic minority areas.
Development Of Cultural Undertakings Was Encouraging
In 2003, Sichuan continued to make progress in culture, art, radio, film and television, press and publication sector. Many of its works of culture and art won prizes at the national level. In 2003, the province had 88 art performing troupes, 185 culture centers, 133 libraries and 52 museums. It made 23 television series and one film.
The basic infrastructure for the radio and television sector was reinforced. The construction of the project to make "each village be connected to the radio and television network" is being consolidated. At the end of 2003, 94.8 and 95.5 per cent of the people had access to the radio and television programmes respectively.
The province had 97 local newspapers, 345 magazines, published 4,150 books, 135 audio-visual products and 170 electronic publications.
The taxes and profits of the Sichuan Daily Newspaper Group were 688.7 billion yuan. The assets of the Xinhua Circulation Group were 2.785 billion yuan at the end of 2003, up 23.73 per cent over the previous year.
In 2003, the provincial radio and television group and publishing group were formally set up. Preparations for the establishment of the film group are proceeding smoothly.
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