Teachers at a school in Hunan devised a genius way to supplement their incomes by requiring students to hand over one yuan each day to sleep on their desks during lunch break, raising a total of 138 yuan from each student before the practice was exposed.
According to Xinhua News, the ‘nap fee’ was charged in order to cover the costs of managing the students at lunchtime and making sure they didn’t leave campus and head to nearby internet cafes. The school initially claimed that the local education authorities had been notified and given their approval for the school to levy the fee, although this was later found not to be the case.
This incident appears to mimic a slightly less lucrative operation which took place in 2012 at a school in Henan where teachers forced middle school students to pay a mere eight yuan each month for the privilege of sleeping during their lunch break.
More recently in Kunming, a residential management company felt that primary school students were best placed to cover their maintenance costs, charging each student five yuan to ride the elevator up to their school canteen.
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By Dominic Jackson