Educational equality in terms of accessibility, if not quality, remains a mirage for many children of migrant workers in China.
Beijing deserves praise for planning to remove one educational hurdle for these children. It is considering opening some of its senior high schools, the vocational schools in particular, to qualified migrant children. The city government, however, does not specify what qualifications these children should have.
Despite the unclear definitions, Beijing is moving in the right direction. The schooling of migrant workers’ children is difficult as families move from the countryside to cities or from cities to cities.