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US$2.2m new school set to be demolished

A NEW primary school built at a cost of 15 million yuan (US$2.2 million) is to be demolished and replaced by a central business district in southeast China's Fujian Province.

Pupils will have to transfer to other schools, or the school will set up a simple temporary campus, the grandfather of Lu Weiting, a grade-four student of Banxiang Primary School in Fuzhou, Fujian's capital city, told China National Radio yesterday.

Banxiang, founded 100 years ago, is a renowned school in Fuzhou's Taijiang District. The district government decided to build a new five-story school in 2008 and it opened in late September last year with 42 classrooms, headmaster Sun Minglong told the radio.

However, it's now scheduled for demolition to make way for a CBD destined to become a new landmark, according to Huang Yingming, director of the Taijiang District Education Bureau.

Mao Kaiwen, whose son is in grade four, complained that he could have to spend several years at the school on temporary campuses.

He had already spent a year in a poorly equipped classroom while the new building was being built, Mao said.


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