Ministry of Education May Lift Ban on Student Marriages, Pregnancies

January 25, 2005

According to an article appearing on the Ministry of Justice Web site and citing education officials, new regulations now being drafted will lift longstanding prohibitions against the marriage and pregnancy of both undergraduate and graduate students. Over the past few years, many Chinese schools have relaxed restrictions on student marriages to varying extents, but bans on student pregnancies remain common. Women students who become pregnant, including graduate students wishing to have children before finishing their studies, often risk expulsion. If passed, the amended regulations would be a positive step in ensuring that Chinese students have the right to choose when to start a family.