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Extra classes spell trouble for schools

Two local high schools have been ordered to cancel extra classes during the winter vacation after students complained to local media.

Despite bans from educational authorities, Luodian High School in Baoshan District and Xiangdong High School in Zhabei District organized extra academic classes for senior high school students who will take the college entrance exam in June, Shanghai Morning Post reported.

But yesterday, local education bureaus told them to stop the lessons.

The report said 400 senior high school students of Luodian High School arrived at the school at 7am on Monday, even though they were on holiday.

Student Li Shuai told the newspaper that they were to take Chinese, mathematics, English, physics or chemistry classes from 7am to 4pm from January 13 to 15 and 17 to 24.

Li, who lives in Zhabei District, said he had to get up at 6am and take a taxi to the school in Baoshan.

Some students complained the classes were unproductive as they didn’t want to study.

At Xiangdong High School, students were asked to keep the extra classes a secret.

The classes were scheduled from 8:30am to 3pm from January 10 to 21, including Chinese, mathematics and English.

Both schools argued they hadn’t broken any regulations since the classes were free and attendance not compulsory.

Sun Hongjun, principal of Luodian High School, said more than 90 percent of the students supported attending the extra classes.

“Many parents demand that schools organize free extra classes and complain schools are neglecting their duties if they have to pay extra money for their children to take the class elsewhere,” said Lu Jing, an official with the Baoshan District Education Bureau.

The dilemma has led to discussion over whether extra classes should be banned.

Political adviser Jin Zhongming, who is also a professor of East China Normal University, said it is wrong to ban extra classes as they might indeed benefit some students.

“The problem is that some students follow the majority to take the extra classes and find they don’t like them” Jin said.

“I believe students should be brave enough to say ‘no’ to parents and teachers if they don’t want to attend,” added Jin.



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