Poorly educated workers may threaten China’s future growth

China has a growing economic problem: A massive education gap between rural and urban areas.

Privileged city kids attend well-funded schools and their after-school hours are crammed with music lessons and extra study sessions. Ninety percent of them go on to finish high school. But those kids lucky enough to be born in cities account for only about one-quarter of China’s children.

The rest live in villages in the countryside, where schools are underfunded and fees too high for the poorest families. As a result, only about 24% of rural students finish high school. While China is the second largest economy in the world, it has the least educated workforce of any middle-income country.