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Special needs education spending increased in China

Subsidies worth 410 million yuan (66.4 million U.S. dollars) will be available for special needs education this year, about 650 percent more than in 2013, when the total subsidies were worth 55 million yuan.

The money will be used to build classrooms, update teaching equipment and provide medical services for special needs schools and ordinary schools that have enrolled disabled students, both at the stage of nine-year compulsory education.

Subsidies for each student in special needs schools should be 4,000 yuan this year and rise to 6,000 yuan by the end of 2016, according to the Ministry of Education (MOE).

The MOE also encourages local education authorities to promote free education for disabled high school students.

A proper special needs education system is of great significance to equality of disabled people, said Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during a national conference on special needs education in January.