3,000 children back to school with chairs and desks from home
September 4, 2012Jing GaoOne Commentcorruption, Education, government spending, Macheng, poverty, public education, Republic of Macedonia, rural, rural area, school children, schoolchildren, Shunhe, taxpayers' money, White House
In China, September 1 is a typical back-to-school day and also time for parents to prepare school supplies for their children. In Shunhe county under the city of Macheng, Hubei province, one part of preparation of key importance is find passable desks and chairs at home and let their kids bring them to the school. The entire Shunhe county has 5,000 students. Before the new semester started, about 2,000 sets of desks and chairs were allotted to a town center primary school and a primary school funded by donations, which means the rest 3,000 children still have to bring their own desks and chairs, which are passed down by their parents, to school.
Soon after the photos hit the press, netizens were touched. Some, after a little web search, found that a set of desk and chair is sold on online shopping sites at an average price of 50 yuan (US$7.8), and about 150,000 yuan is enough for supplies for 3,000 students.
The government office building of the city of Macheng (shown below), which administers and appropriates public funds for Shunhe county, is dubbed by local people “White House,” but its sheer size and grandeur has far eclipsed the residence of the U.S. president. Besides, Macheng has recently allocated a 12-million-yuan fund for a facelift project. It seems that far from lacking the money, the decision makers simply do not think spending money on public education is worthwhile.
September 1, Changchong village, Wang Ziqi is led to school by his grandmother, who carries the desk, and his older sister carrying his backpack. Even though the school is only a few hundred meters away from his home, the weight is heavy enough to make the grandma gasping for air.
Children use desks and chairs of different sizes and shapes.
On the first day of school, kids follow their parents to the cashier’s desk and pay tuition and service fees.
September 1, Changchong village. The sister and brother has had a bit of tiff over who should get the new backpack. Until breakfast time, they are still in their tantrum.
A parent gives her daughter and the desk a motorcycle ride to school.
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芙小小仙子 [网易四川省成都市网友]：2012-09-03 17:08:39 发表
Look at clothes of these kids, the worn-out desks and chairs, the dingy school buildings. Only dogs can arrive at that “62%” conclusion. (Read: China has completed 62% of its great revival.)
网易浙江省温州市网友 ip：183.130.*.*2012-09-03 19:17:08 发表
This is the real mainland China.Stuff like gold medals are all fake.
网易重庆市江北区网友 ip：222.178.*.*2012-09-03 17:09:42 发表
All the way until graduation from the junior high, they will bring their own stools, desks and beds. I feel so sad.
跟帖局1号 [网易广东省中山市网友]：2012-09-03 17:21:41 发表
Have money for drinking Maotai.Have no money for buying desks. Poor children.
新十年浩劫 [网易河南省平顶山市网友]：2012-09-03 19:08:02 发表
Macedonia must feel very guilty!!! (Read: China donates school buses to Marcedonia, sparking public anger.)
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They have tens of billions to donate to foreign countries and have no money to buy desks and chairs for their own kids?
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Arresting a corrupt official is enough to build a primary school
网易广东省佛山市网友 [kaibosoft] 的原贴：3
A primary school needs as much as billions and tens of billions yuan? How did you do the math?
网易河北省网友 ip：175.25.*.*2012-09-03 22:12:17 发表
A corrupt official is equal to all primary schools in half a province, okay? Don’t you know how to do math?
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