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Should Post-Graduates Enjoy Living Allowance
    2008-06-26 10:00:29     CRIENGLISH.com

  Local civil affairs authorities in East China's Shandong Province have decided to provide a living allowance for a post-graduate student from a poor family. The action has caused wide disputes in China.

The Beijing News carried two different arguments regarding whether a student with advanced degrees should receive a subsistence allowance.

Some people say there is no ban on well-educated people to receive living allowance. As long as a person suffers from economic hardship, he or she has the right to apply for allowance. This has nothing to do with his educational background. Furthermore, supporting a poor student to help him finish his studies is a reflection of humanity.

But opponents say although it sounds humane, such action may produce more negative effects than positive ones.
College graduates are already an adult capable of supporting their family. They can find jobs and earn money from the jobs. If want to undertake graduate studies, they can apply for scholarships or participating in a work-study program.
Providing a social allowance for competent young people is not a form of support, but indulgence.

 

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