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Students stuck studying despite swine flu ban

DESPITE the education authority's order to suspend group activities among students this summer amid the swine flu threat, grade 11 students in a central China city studied for 14 hours a day in overcrowded classrooms and some had a heatstroke after sleepless nights in their dormitory rooms.

Those students, all from Xinzhou No. 3 High School in Wuhan, capital of Hubei Province, were having make-up lessons for the national college entrance exam next June, Wuhan-based Changjiang Times reported yesterday.

The class was held starting from July 10. It began at 6:15am and ended at 9:45pm every day. They did not take a break on weekends, but had two short holidays.

The classroom was not air conditioned, but had electric fans. The dorms also only had fans.

A heat wave hit the city and pushed the temperature to more than 38 Celsius degrees on some days.

There were more than 70 students in a class and they stayed in dormitory rooms with 12 beds.

They couldn't sleep at night because it was too hot and some of them even got heatstroke.

A female student told the newspaper that four of her dorm mates suffered heatstroke on Thursday night, but their teachers didn't take any action.

The Xinzhou District education bureau said it hadn't yet received the circular banning group activities to prevent swine flu outbreaks.


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