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Chemical safety inspections for schools

INSPECTIONS for dangerous chemicals are to take place at Shanghai schools, which begin their new semester next Tuesday.

This follows two huge explosions at a warehouse in north China’s Tianjin City on August 11 that killed at least 146 people.

A first round of security inspections on the storage and management of dangerous chemicals was carried out at the city’s 2,650 schools and kindergartens between August 14 and 16, said the Shanghai Education Commission.

While those results proved satisfactory, the commission asked inspectors to undertake another round of inspections at the beginning of the semester.

These will focus on school labs, construction sites, dorms, teaching buildings and canteens, said officials.

Meanwhile, to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, on the first day of the new term students will attend various events commemorating the victories against fascism and China’s resistance against Japanese aggression.

With a total investment of nearly 5 billion yuan (US$783 million), 81 new schools — 46 kindergartens, 17 primary schools and 18 middle and high schools — open next week.

A total of 67 schools are located in suburban areas, where population growth in recent years has strained resources.

Among all new schools, 44 are branches of existing top schools or work in partnership with such schools. And a “group development” program, where top schools train teachers from other schools, is being rolled out across the city.


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