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The Chinese government has come up with several ideas to encourage Chinese families to have more children and thereby increasing the country’s birth rate.

One of the ideas presented is for younger siblings to have their exam results boosted.

The country’s Population Monitoring and Family Development Authorities have reported that the country’s birth rate has fallen in January for the first time in 60 years. The current birth rate is 6.77 births per 1,000 people.

The decline has been the reaction to the country’s extremely strict one-child policy which was law from 1980 to 2015. Under this controversial law, parents could be fined or even lose their jobs if they had more than one child.

Now, free college education and equal rights for unmarried women were also thrown in as suggestions to fight the birth rate.

Other suggestions include restrictions on marital status for registering newborns should be removed and unmarried women should enjoy the same access to fertility options as married women.

Image credit: The Times

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