BEIJING, Oct. 9 (Xinhua) -- China plans to build up more vocational schools in poor areas as part of its battle with poverty, said the country's education authority on Monday.
Vocational education was one of the best and fastest ways to bring people out of poverty, Sun Yao, vice education minister, said at a poverty-relief forum.
The new schools will provide professional training based on local economic and social situations, said Sun.
The subjects and majors will be designed to meet the market needs in each area and increase job opportunities for students, Sun explained.
Sun also said China has provided various financial support to poor vocational students across the country, including free tuition, scholarships and student grants.
China is closing in on its ambitious goal of achieving a moderately prosperous society in all respects by 2020, with the baseline task of lifting all people out of poverty.
As of the end of 2016, there were still 43.35 million people in China living below the country's poverty line of 2,300 yuan (344 U.S. dollars) of annual income, accounting for about 3 percent of China's population.