BEIJING, Jan. 21 (Xinhuanet) -- An official from
Chinese Ministry of Education (MOE) on Friday said the current restriction on
marriage and childbearing for college and postgrade students will be lifted.
Addressing a forum on the subject, held by the Center for Women's Law and Legal Services of prestigious
Peking University, Fan Yi,an official with the student affairs department from
the MOE, acknowledged that the draft regulation on college student management
will no longer have specified articles prohibiting college students and graduate
students getting marriage and havingchildren while in school.
The MOE began to draft a new regulation on college
student management as early as in 1996. Fan did not disclose when the draft
regulation will be officially passed.
The fifty-year-old ban has compelled students,
contemplating marriage or who gotten pregnant, to make painful choices -- give
up study or delay marriage; give up study or have an abortion.
According to a survey conducted by the Center for
Women's Law and Legal Services of Peking University, 33.3 percent of 951
undergraduates from 16 universities oppose the prohibition of marriage while
17.7 percent support it and others are non-committal. Meanwhile, 57 percent of
467 surveyed graduates from 10 universities are against the prohibition of
childbearing while 12 percent are for it and others are non-committal. Enditem