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Kneeling students - teacher fired

A YOUNG teacher at a vocational school in Sichuan Province has been fired after ordering a class of 59 students to stay on their knees for 20 minutes as a punishment.

School official Deng Shengli was also suspended and the assistant to the principal, Guo Duanqiang, received a demerit.

The punishments came after an inquiry by the local education authority in Neijiang County following a report about the kneeling which attracted a lot of criticism for the teacher, Yuan Furong, at Neijiang's Shaomin Vocational School, today's Chengdu Business Daily said.

The teacher Yuan reportedly became very angry after being told that a student in her nursing major class had quarreled with an English teacher. She ordered 59 girls of the 63 in the class to kneel on benches for 20 minutes as a punishment.

Four students, including the three boys in the class, refused to kneel.

"I felt numb after kneeling for that long," one unnamed student said.

"It's really a shame as we are all college students!" she said.

The students say Yuan was hot-headed and it was not rare for her to punish students by making them run around the playground.

Yuan, 20, chose to work as a teacher after graduating from the vocational school.

She defended her punishment methods.

"I want to give a good education to them," she explained. "Only when they feel the pain after kneeling down will they will know how hard it is for their parents to support them, and then they will behave well."


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