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School defends delicate lady courses

OFFICIALS at a Hubei Province college have defended running classes to train "delicate ladies" after the scheme attracted criticism.

Some critics said the classes were just training for more "ernai," or mistresses, and others said it revealed a lack of cultural and personality education in China's education system.

The criticism came after it was reported that 50 girl students have started studying how to behave like ladies this semester at the High Vocational School of Wuhan University of Science and Technology.

They are taking six courses in social etiquette, fashion, flower arranging, car driving and traditional skills required for Chinese women.

The class has proved to be popular among students, both female and male, according to school officials.

About 140 girl students crowded into the class on the opening day, they said.

"And many male students came to the class," said Yuan Weihua, the school's vice Party Secretary.

The official said the courses' popularity was because current education in Chinese homes and schools does not teach girls how to enjoy life as a true woman.

The school's Party secretary, Guo Weiqi, said the courses are practical and improve the students' tastes in art and music.

"It will help improve the students' personalities and looks with music, art and dancing," Guo said.

The class also teaches trainees how to communicate, said Li Zhiguang, an English teacher with the university. It will benefit the students for their future careers and life, he added.

Student Ren Wijing said she enjoyed the class. "It's more than dressing-up and make-up as I had thought," Ren said. "It broadens my mind."

Wang Jing, teacher in charge of the lady class, said the real aim was to enhance students' self esteem as many of the girl students in the school are from poor areas.


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