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Students expose rip-off on dorms

STUDENTS at a school in Chongqing Municipality are complaining that they are being forced to board with teachers who are overcharging and offering miserable living conditions.

One teacher has crowded 40 students into 20 beds in his 180-square-meter home.

Students from Dazu County No. 1 High School yesterday told Chongqing Evening News that they were forced to board in teachers' homes and, in some cases, pay more than the cost of a school dormitory.

Twenty-three school employees, including the school's principal, officials and teachers, are operating private dorms, the newspaper said.

School dorms charge 350 yuan (US$51.22) per student, per semester.

Teacher Chen Liang has five students in two bedrooms in his 140-square-meter apartment. Three students share a large double bed and the other two share a single bed. Each pays 800 yuan per semester, the report said.

At teacher Peng Feng's 180-square-meter home, 40 students are crowded in 20 beds. Each pays 350 yuan per semester. Every morning, Peng's students race to use the two toilets and many have to go to school to use the toilets there and avoid long waits.

The school's vice principal Tang Naiqi said he was unaware of poor living conditions and management at the teacher dorms.

He said the school had initiated the private dorms program because of the school's limited accommodation. He told the newspaper that teachers should be charging the same rent as the school dormitories.


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