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Fees fuel a class system for classrooms

AUTHORITIES in east China's Anhui Province are investigating parents' complaints that a primary school charges them extra fees to let their children use better-equipped classrooms.

Pupils paying 3,000 yuan (US$440) to Xiguan school in Lingbi County can enjoy smaller classes with no more than 35 pupils, television sets and air conditioning, parents said.

Those not paying have to cram into a bigger class.

News portal found 97 pupils crammed into one grade-five classroom. Another class in the same grade had around 30 students in a well-equipped classroom in a new building.

Headmaster Wang Fale said the fees were introduced by his predecessor who had been punished for the policy. "I tried to cancel it, but in vain as parents already paying for the sponsorship are strongly against it," he said.


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