Chinese lawmakers passed a revision to the country’s Vocational Education Law on Wednesday, promoting vocational education to the same level as general education and stipulating reform in the country’s technical school system. The new revision focuses on cultivating technical talents that fit China’s needs in advanced manufacturing and new tech areas. The law will allow apprenticeships in companies, helping people to learn tech skills required by these companies. This is the first revision since the law was passed in 1996. The new version will go into effect in May. [Xinhua]