Thousands of Chinese parents joined demonstrations in the capital cities of Hubei and Jiangsu provinces on Saturday to protest changes in university admission policies that they say will make it more difficult for their children to gain spots in local universities, the South China Morning Post reported.
They were protesting a plan, announced earlier this month by the Ministry of Education and the National Development and Reform Commission, requiring universities in 14 developed provinces, including Hubei and Jiangsu, as well as major cities like Beijing and Shanghai, to admit 210,000 students from poorer inland provinces. The plan calls on universities in Hubei and Jiangsu to set aside nearly 80,000 slots for nonlocal students.
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