Teach­ers ex­cused for lunchtime drinks

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By ZHANG YI zhang_yi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Dis­ci­plinary charges against 24 teach­ers who drank al­co­hol with a meal has been dropped fol­low­ing public out­cry.

The Com­mis­sion for Dis­ci­plinary In­spec­tion in Tun­liu county, Shanxi prov­ince, on Sept 30 or­dered two prin­ci­pal teach­ers to pub­licly self-crit­i­cize them­selves for con­sum­ing al­co­hol with a meal on a week­day. It or­dered the other 22 teach­ers to ap­pear be­fore the com­mis­sion.

How­ever, the Com­mis­sion for Dis­ci­plinary In­spec­tion in the prov­ince’s Changzhi city, a higher-level anti-graft author­ity, an­nounced on Sun­day that dis­ci­plinary mea­sures taken against the teach­ers were im­proper.

“The de­ci­sion did not have ap­pro­pri­ate grounds and the mea­sures were im­proper,” it said.

Teach­ers from the county’s No 1 Mid­dle School spent a to­tal of 1,390 yuan ($207) on a meal that in­cluded al­co­hol on Sept 9, a day be­fore Teach­ers’ Day. The teach­ers paid for the meal out of their own pock­ets.

The de­ci­sion, as well as the re­vo­ca­tion, has re­ceived wide public at­ten­tion amid the coun­try’s con­tin­u­ing anti­graft cam­paign.

In con­trast to the pop­u­lar sup­port usu­ally of­fered by ne­ti­zens over dis­ci­plinary de­ci­sions against cor­rupt of­fi­cials, most com­ments on­line said that the lo­cal anti-graft author­ity had mis­in­ter­preted the “eight-point rules”, or aus­ter­ity rules, in­tro­duced by the cen­tral gov­ern­ment on Dec 4, 2012, adding that taken was un­fair.

“The teach­ers did not use public money to pay for their lunch. In ad­di­tion, they had a half day off on that day ahead of Teach­ers’ Day. They should not be blamed for their be­hav­ior,” said a post pub­lished by Huang Dachuan on Oct 10.

The eight-point rules aim to re­duce bu­reau­cracy, ex­trav­a­gance and un­de­sir­able work prac­tices of Party mem­bers. With clauses fo­cus­ing on var­i­ous forms of cor­rup­tion and unau­tho­rized use of gov­ern­ment cars, the rules have played a sig­nif­i­cant role in the coun­try’s anti-cor­rup­tion cam­paign. the ac­tion

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