Should fi­nan­cial sup­port have been can­celed over sneak­ers?

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - — ZHAO XINYING

A post about a col­lege stu­dent who had the stipend he re­ceived for be­ing from an im­pov­er­ished fam­ily can­celed has trig­gered heated de­bate on­line.

The stu­dent, whose name was not dis­closed, was dis­qual­i­fied from re­ceiv­ing fi­nan­cial sup­port by his col­lege be­cause he wore a pair of Nike sneak­ers, which was taken as proof of him not be­ing poor.

How­ever, ac­cord­ing to the stu­dent, the 500 yuan ($70) sneak­ers were a gift from his mother, who had saved up for months and bought them at a 60 per­cent dis­count.

He said she had bought him the sneak­ers to make him happy, be­cause she knew he en­joyed play­ing basketball but he only had one pair of worn-out shoes.

Was the col­lege jus­ti­fied in can­cel­ing the stu­dent’s fi­nan­cial sup­port? Are ex­pen­sive shoes proof of a per­son’s fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion? Peo­ple’s views dif­fered. FOR “I agree with the col­lege tak­ing away the stu­dent’s fi­nan­cial sup­port be­cause th­ese stipends are scarce and should only be given to those who need them most. Be­ing able to pur­chase a pair of 500 yuan shoes with months of sav­ings in­di­cates that the young man’s fam­ily is not in such fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties. I know that there are a lot of col­lege stu­dents who can barely af­ford good food for their three meals a day and could not save 500 yuan even through months of ef­forts.” Li Li, a grad­u­ate of Dezhou Univer­sity, Shan­don gprovince “I think it’s rea­son­able for the col­lege to re­move the stu­dent’s fi­nan­cial sup­port, be­cause by de­sir­ing ex­pen­sive shoes when his fam­ily’s fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion is not so good, he is act­ing os­ten­ta­tiously inmy eyes. We can­not say for sure that the stu­dent would not spend the money on other ex­pen­sive things if he con­tin­ues to get the stipend.” LiangX in, an em­ployee of a cul­ture and me­dia com­pany in Sh an xi prov­ince AGAINST “It’s not jus­ti­fied for the col­lege to can­cel the stu­dent’s fi­nan­cial sup­port, be­cause he didn’t lie about be­ing in fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties. He does come from an im­pov­er­ished fam­ily and needs the col­lege’s sup­port. The pair of shoes rep­re­sents the love of a mother who is try­ing her best to pro­vide for her child. It shouldn’t be­come an ex­cuse peo­ple can use to ac­cuse the stu­dent of hav­ing lux­u­ri­ous tastes.” Li uHua,a ju­nior mid­dle school teacher in We in an, Sh a an xi prov­ince “Ev­ery­body has de­sires, so the poor young man should not be crit­i­cized for want­ing a pair of de­cent shoes. That’s not fair. Nei­ther should his mother be blamed for mak­ing ef­forts to ful­fill her child’s wishes. What’s more, the stu­dent should not be de­prived of fi­nan­cial sup­port be­cause in essence he’s still a young man who needs fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance.” Xi eM iao,a res­i­dent of Cangzhou,He­bei prov­ince, who has a 15-year-old daugh­ter

500 yuan price of a pair of Nike sneak­ers that led to the re­moval of their owner’s fi­nan­cial sup­port

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