School un­der fire for try­ing to ban min­gling of boys and girls

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A mid­dle school in Qingyuan, Guang­dong prov­ince, is amend­ing a set of rules that re­strict a wide range of in­ter­ac­tions be­tween male and fe­male stu­dents, af­ter images of the doc­u­ment were up­loaded on­line that touched off a heated de­bate.

The rule, for­mu­lated by the ad­min­is­tra­tion of Qingxin Dis­trict No 1 Mid­dle School, pro­hibits male and fe­male stu­dents from go­ing in and out of the school can­teen to­gether, get­ting food for each other at the can­teen, us­ing a meal tray to­gether or feed­ing each other.

The rules, dated March 8, also say that no stu­dent may carry per­sonal be­longs, such as a bag or jacket, for an­other stu­dent of the op­po­site sex.

Giv­ing or ac­cept­ing a gift from a mem­ber of the op­po­site sex is banned, along with lin­ger­ing on school roads, playgrounds and in dor­mi­to­ries.

Phys­i­cal con­tact of any kind be­tween male and fe­male stu­dents, in­clud­ing hug­ging and kiss­ing, are “strictly pro­hib­ited”.

Pun­ish­ments for vi­o­lat­ing the rules range from ver­bal ad­mon­ish­ment to de­mer­its and even ex­pul­sion.

They were meant for in­ter­nal dis­cus­sion and have not been im­ple­mented yet, the school ad­min­is­tra­tion said.

The ad­min­is­tra­tion ad­mit­ted that the word­ing of the rules needed to be im­proved.

The Qingxin dis­trict ed­u­ca­tion bureau said the school will make the rules pub­lic af­ter they’ve been amended.

Such rules are un­nec­es­sary and dis­crim­i­na­tory, ac­cord­ing to Xiong Bingqi, deputy dean of the 21st Cen­tury Ed­u­ca­tion Re­search In­sti­tute.

Any school rule should com­ply with the ed­u­ca­tion law and safe­guard stu­dents’ rights, in­clud­ing the right to in­ter­act with oth­ers, he said, adding that stu­dents should be guided, not put un­der re­stric­tive rules. — China Daily/Asia News Net­work

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