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UPDATED: April 17, 2008 China's Tibet Facts & Figures
Teaching in Tibetan Language

Currently, besides elementary schools whose students are mainly of the Han ethnic group in a few cities and towns teaching in Chinese, most primary schools in rural and pastoral areas as well as the urban areas require courses to be taught in Tibetan. In the whole region, a total of 102 classes are taught in Tibetan language, as well as some courses in middle schools. Meanwhile, efforts are also being made to accelerate the teaching of natural science in the junior-middle-school phase in Tibetan.

From 1985, the State opened Tibetan classes and schools in some 20 provinces and cities in the hinterland successively, ranging from junior middle school to university. Tibetan Middle Schools in the hinterland have always had Tibetan courses. By the end of 2006, there were altogether 28 schools in the country running Tibetan classes, including 19 junior middle schools, seven senior high schools and two normal schools. A total of 53 inland senior high schools enrolled transfer students from Tibetan classes, and 90-plus higher schools admitted the senior high school graduates from Tibetan classes. The Tibetan classes of the junior high schools enrolled 33,100 students accumulatively, and some 14,300 graduates returned to Tibet for its construction.

With regard to Tibetan, the major subject and basic teaching language of the schools at various levels and of diverse kinds, efforts are made to improve the teaching contents and methods constantly and raise teaching quality. From 1989, Tibet University successively ran classes for training would-be Tibetan teachers of junior high schools. Up to now, it has trained 1,438 such teachers and compiled and rewritten the teaching materials of 19 disciplines.

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