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Parents break in to reopen play school

PARENTS and teachers yesterday broke into a kindergarten that had been closed by the authorities and resumed classes.

The Little Angel Kindergarten in Baoshan District's Yanghang Town had not been granted a license as it is located in an apartment building.

This location creates safety hazards, the town government said.

Town government officials said they visited Little Angel - which is attended by almost 100 children - daily over past week, advising of the closure.

But many parents claim Little Angel can meet the criteria of day care centers, which can be located in apartment buildings.

These have lower educational and recreational facility requirements than kindergartens, but basic safety standards should be the same.

"The kindergarten's not so bad," said one mother, surnamed An, a Hebei Province native. "If it was so bad, parents wouldn't send their children there."

"I was shocked to find Little Angel closed, so I joined other parents to remove the lock," added An, who works as a shop assistant earning about 1,000 yuan (US$159) a month.

An moved her child to Little Angel three months ago as it was 100 yuan a month cheaper than another kindergarten.

Responding to claims that the facility met day care center standards, the town government official said the district government had never asked Yanghang to carry out day care center appraisal work.

Despite regulations on meeting soaring pre-schooling needs, Baoshan has not built any day care centers, nor has the district converted unlicensed kindergartens into day care centers.

"Day care centers have lower thresholds than kindergartens," said Zhang Runming, a Baoshan District Education Bureau official. "We feel they are not safe," he said.

And many unlicensed kindergartens, which receive no direct government subsidy, have been put off trying to attain day care center status by costs, officials said.


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