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Teacher had ‘inappropriate contact’ with students

A TEACHER at Shanghai Weiyu Middle School in Xuhui District has been put on probation by the Party and downgraded from his positions for violations of regulations, the district education bureau has announced.

The bureau said in a statement that it recently received complaints about the teacher, surnamed Chen, over “serious violations against professional teachers’ ethics.” The district police also received reports stating that Chen had molested students.

The two parties then set up a joint team to conduct a comprehensive investigation into the issue.

According to the statement, local police inquired with all the people involved and checked surveillance videos, but did not find any evidence that could prove Chen had performed unlawful acts. However, the investigation team did find Chen had “inappropriate bodily contact” with students, such as putting his arms around students’ shoulders and patting on their arms, which made some students feel uncomfortable.

The education bureau said Chen’s behavior did not conform with the Ministry of Education’s requirements for primary and secondary school teachers.

During the investigation, the joint team also received tip-offs stating that Chen had made use of his position as the director of the general affairs department of the school to use its property privately.

They later found the allegation to be true.

The disciplinary commission of the district’s education authority decided to put Chen on probation in the Party, while the education bureau downgraded his job position.

It also ordered the school remove him from his post as the director of the general affairs department and also from teaching work.

The education bureau said the school had loose management and failed to handle issues in a timely manner after receiving reports.

It called for those responsible to be held to account. It did not give details about who and how they were punished.


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