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Students fret over probe into school

EDUCATION authorities have started to investigate a school which has altered its name and location four times in the past two years after receiving student reports, officials said yesterday.

The school has about 100 students from around the country. They dreamed of becoming flight attendants, but now they are worried about whether they can even complete their studies and get diplomas.

The school has no fixed buildings or dormitories and has recently moved into a residential community on Longhua Road W. in Xuhui District.

Students found that the school changed its name for the fourth time, from Shanghai Huahang College to "Aviation Branch of Shanghai Xinzhi Continuing Education College," in a tuition payment notice, which urged them to pay 13,000 yuan (US$1,918) for the next academic year by tomorrow. If not, they will be expelled.

Students said they were puzzled by the sudden name change and worried about the school's legitimacy and their job prospects.

They referred the case to education authorities and called the police this week.

Education authorities have started investigating and found that Shanghai Xinzhi Continuing Education College had not registered a branch school in the community.

Xinzhi school officials said that they had never heard of the "aviation branch school" or its 100 students.

Moreover, one of the school's former names, Shanghai Guotai Aviation College, coincides with an illegal school that had been shut down by education authorities last August.

Before the latest move, the school's students used to share a campus with other schools in Jiading District, Pudong New Area and Putuo District.

School officials told the students that the frequent moves were necessary, claiming they wanted to create a better living environment for the students by giving them access to better facilities.

However, the students had no access to the library and gyms. They were also asked to do internships in bars, students said.

"We want to figure out the identity of the school," said one student who asked not to be identified.

"We don't want to pay for a dead horse."


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