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School ordered to suspend enrollments

A MIDDLE school in northwest China's Shaanxi Province has been ordered to suspend student enrollments after parents complained that the prestigious school was only admitting children of government officials.

The education authority of Tongchuan City placed the suspension order yesterday on the Tongchuan No. 1 Middle School's New District campus, saying that the school's enrollments is not in line with the authority's arrangement, today's Chinese Business View reported.

Education officials were not happy with the school's restrictive enrollment requirements which were widely seen as benefiting government workers with limited public resources.

The authority is recharting student catchment areas to ensure equal education rights for students.

The Chongchuan No. 1 Middle School started enrolling students on Wednesday, asking applicants' parents to show work certificates before signing on, yesterday's Chinese Business View reported.

Officials told parents that this year's enrollments for just four classes were exclusive to the children of city government workers.

But as a public school, the school should be open to any student in the neighborhood it is designated to serve, according to Chinese education law.

The school cited its popularity for the selective enrollments.

Principal Wang Bin told the Xi'an-based Chinese Business View that the school's resources are often dwarfed by the students' zeal so it has to restrict the student sources.

Though there are other public middle schools in the New District area, students in the neighborhoods opt for the No. 1 Middle School preferring its superior education, an unnamed education official told the newspaper.


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