Guang­dong school’s hous­ing re­quire­ment sparks con­tro­versy

Global Times US Edition - - CHINA -

An ed­u­ca­tion bureau in South China re­it­er­ated on Thurs­day that en­roll­ment at pri­mary schools will not be af­fected by fresh­men’s hous­ing area, af­ter a lo­cal school re­quired ap­pli­cants liv­ing in less than 50 square me­ter houses must have lived there for at least four years.

Shen­zhen Luol­ing For­eign Lan­guage Ex­per­i­men­tal School, a pri­mary school that re­port­edly pro­vides high qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion in Guang­dong Prov­ince, on Tues­day an­nounced hous­ing re­quire­ments for chil­dren ap­ply­ing to the school, China Cen­tral Tele­vi­sion re­ported.

To meet the school’s re­quire­ments, ap­pli­cants liv­ing in less than 50-square-me­ter houses must have lived in those houses for at least four years more than those who live in larger ones.

The ed­u­ca­tion bureau of Luohu dis­trict apol­o­gized on Thurs­day for caus­ing panic among par­ents.

“We in­sist on ap­prov­ing ap­pli­ca­tions from chil­dren in the school neigh­bor­hood. All chil­dren who meet the re­quire­ments will be ad­mit­ted to the school,” the bureau’s state­ment said.

The num­ber of en­rol­ment has met its limit in the school, and the re­stric­tions on can­di­date stu­dents’ hous­ing are meant to give pri­or­i­ties to those chil­dren of school age who ac­tu­ally live in the neigh­bor­hood, the school ex­plained.

Some net users ac­cused the school of un­fairly treat­ing peo­ple liv­ing in small houses. “Big­ger house, bet­ter ac­cess to good ed­u­ca­tion, how is that fair,” wrote one net user.

In China, chil­dren are only able to en­ter pub­lic schools near the home their fam­ily legally owns. Many par­ents are buying new homes right be­fore en­roll­ment to gain their child a po­si­tion in pop­u­lar schools.

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