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School head sacked for violating frugality

The director of China’s leading music school has been fired for hosting a wedding banquet for his daughter that violated the Party’s frugality code, the Education Ministry announced yesterday.

Wang Cizhao, director of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, allegedly used his position to get a discount for his daughter’s wedding banquet, held at an arts center that works with the conservatory, the ministry said in a statement posted to its website.

Wang also invited his colleagues and subordinates, including five of the school’s senior officials, to attend and help with the wedding ceremony, it said.

The school’s Party chief Guo Shulan and disciplinary chief Pang Huanlei were given warnings as the ministry found that they failed in preventing Wang’s abuse of power.

In China, Party officials and civil servants are ordered to keep a low profile for private events like wedding banquets.

In late October, a netizen on microblogging service Weibo accused Wang of abusing his power for personal gains, and said that he had formed a “clique” at the conservatory and weeded out those who disapproved of his management decisions.

The ministry also announced that several officials from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications embezzled money while an official from the Business School of the University of International Business and Economics failed to report earnings from part-time jobs. The officials were either handed serious warnings, sacked or demoted.


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