Beijing: The heads of
three schools in China lost their jobs after the government found
they had asked students to buy their own chairs and classroom
The Chuanxi High School, Dayuan Primary School in Huangpo township
and Zhongxin Primary School in Zhenwen township, all in Wuchuan
city in Guangdong province, had asked students to purchase their
own chairs and desks, the China Daily reported Monday.
After a government investigation, the heads of the three schools,
whose names were not revealed, were removed from their posts.
By the weekend, Wuchuan city equipped all local primary and high
schools with an ample number of chairs and desks.
Parents who bought chairs and desks for their children have been
told to take the furniture home.
Lin Yehan, principal of a primary school in Fengkai county in
Guangdong, said the government provides up to 160 yuan ($25) per
student for office expenses every school term. "That's enough to
buy new chairs and desks."
Liu Jianfu, a researcher with the Guangdong University of Foreign
Studies, said the school chiefs should be ashamed of their
"According to law, education is free for all primary and middle
school children and they do not need to pay any tuition, let alone
purchase chairs," he said.
Wuchuan, with a population of more than a million, ranks at the
bottom among cities in Guangdong, measured by GDP and residents'