Average school size: 700 - 1,000
Average class size: 50 – 70 students per class.
Class conditions: No heat or cooling, often no computers or multi-media teaching resources.
In schools outside of Shanghai, families must pay tuition fees of approximately 800 RMB per semester.
Migrant school families are from all over China with the majority of the migrants coming from Anhui, Sichuan, Henan, and Guizhou.
Parents’ working hours: 6-7 days per week, 12-14 hours per day
Professions: factories, farming, construction, and piecework
Average household income: 3,000-4,000 RMB/month.
Typically, both of the children’s parents work. Monthly income is often unstable with unpredictable temporary labor or weather conditions for farming.
House size: 1 room, 15-20 square meters
Amenities: no heat, cooling, internal kitchen, or bathroom
Typical bathroom: shared outhouse with 10 families
Most children only have 2-3 sets of clothing.