Shanghai has closed a school for migrant children operating in
unsafe conditions and without a proper license, and transferred its
nearly 2,000 students to a nearby local school, officials said on
Jianying School had been operating without a proper license and
failed to meet national standards for schools, and 30 percent of
the teachers did not have teaching certificates, said Li Xuehong,
head of the Education Bureau of Putuo District.
Twenty-four classrooms -- built out of steel sheets with no
lightning conductors -- were deemed unsafe by fire control
departments, said the official.
The school was set up on some land leased from a factory but the
lease expired last February.
Local education authorities decided to close the school last
Friday before parents pay the tuition fees for next semester,
according to official sources.
The students from Jianying School were transferred to a branch
of Caoyang Primary School and were offered free school bus services
and free lunches there.
The closure of the school, however, caused discontent from some
parents. They were afraid that the admission by the Caoyang Primary
School was only a stopgap measure of the authorities.
The parents also worried about the school fees and their kids'
transportation even if the public school would continue to open the
door to them next semester.
Li, the education bureau head, however, said that the government
is "responsible providing migrant children safe and equal education
The bureau is making a plan to solve the problem, the official
(Xinhua News Agency January 10, 2007)