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Illegal city kindergarten shut down

CITY education authorities are busy relocating nearly 100 mostly migrant children after their unlicensed kindergarten in Jiading District was shut down on the first day of the new semester.
A notice was put on the gate of the Xiaoboshi Kindergarten in Jiangqiao Town, saying that children aged over three should go to the nearby licensed Wanfeng school.
A mother surnamed Yao took her son to the kindergarten on Tuesday, only to find a crowd of angry parents with crying children at the gates.
"I was totally shocked," Yao said. "I paid the tuition only the morning before."
About a dozen parents were still gathered at the school gates yesterday afternoon, complaining about the closure decision.
They said they were not willing to send children to the more distant and expensive Wanfeng school.
Most of the children enrolled for the kindergarten are the offspring of migrant workers on a tight budget.
The Xiaoboshi Kindergarten charges about 280 yuan (US$41) a month, while the Wanfeng school fees are about 500 yuan a month.
"Though it's cheaper, it's dangerous to send children to such illegal kindergartens," said Ni Minjing, an official with the Shanghai Education Commission. "Illegal kindergartens are not supervised by health and disease-control authorities."
The unlicensed kindergarten had been in operation for a year in a three-story building. Flies were seen in the canteen and the classrooms of no more than 20 square meters contained about 20 pupils.
Most affected parents said they did not mind the poor conditions of the kindergarten as long as schooling was available for their children.
Many children are refused entry to city kindergartens if their parents don't have required documentation, including residence permits and the inoculation records.
Jiading District officials said children must meet enrollment requirements.
Tuitions charged by the illegal kindergarten for this semester had been returned to parents, they said.
The city had built more than20 kindergartens specially fornon-local children in the suburbs since last year and planned toincrease this number to 100 by the end of next year, Ni said.


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