A high school in Wenzhou, Zhejian Province, has gained national media attention after school authorities demanded that students sign an anti-cootie pact, known as an Agreement of ‘Moral Education.’ The policy prohibits students from hvaing ‘too close relations’ with their peers, even among ‘same sex friends,’ according to the Global Times.
“The rule is set to prevent the students from puppy love,” said the head teacher of the school, Su Lianfu, who clearly just needs a good hug.
Students who violate the rules are being told they will face “severe disciplinary violations”.
According to SCMP:
Pupils are prohibited from “maintaining very close relationships”, including same-sex relationships, read the guidelines. Rule-breakers could face suspension and may have to return scholarships.
At another high school, in Henan province, pupils are banned from lingering in quiet corners, and boys and girls are to mix in groups of five or more.
A Hangzhou secondary school has banned boys and girls from appearing on campus as a pair, and they must maintain a distance from each other of at least 50cm.
Netizens are scrutinizing the schools’ arbitrary rules for keeping students from developing healthy, friendly relationships.
Professor Chu Zhaohui, a researcher at the National Institute of Education Sciences, said most of today’s school administrators lacked insight into what was appropriate for today’s schools because the schools of their days were in the grips of the Cultural Revolution, which ended in 1976.
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