While everyone else in China is out enjoying a nice, relaxing Golden Week holiday, members of an unfortunate class of freshmen at a rather harsh university in Changsha are all stuck inside campus.
Administrators at the School of Physical and Electronic Science of Changsha University of Science of Technology told local journalists that the rule had been implemented because freshmen have a tendency to slack off.
“These freshmen just took two weeks of classes after their military training. If they had the National Day holidays, they would undergo a long time to re-adapt to study and university life,” the school’s dean told the local newspaper, via CCTV.
This is despite the fact that students had already bought train tickets home for the holidays before receiving the disappointing news and that the school isn’t actually having any classes during the not-break.
Responding to widespread criticism, the dean took an interview with The Paper to explain his controversial policy. He clarified that while there were no classes, freshmen students had still been assigned activities to do.
He also fought back against the characterization that he had “canceled the holiday,” instead saying that he was operating under normal protocol and the students could have requested a leave. Just 13 of the 335 freshmen did apply to go home.
The administrator’s incredible, single-minded devotion to education has made him a magnet for criticism online.
“You know they are just going to play computer games all the time anyway, right?” commented one netizen from Hubei.
“That is bullshit!” wrote in another netizen from Guangdong.
While the dean says that he came up with the inspired idea all by himself, maybe he was unknowingly influenced by one Xi’an university’s decision last year to cancel Christmas for its student body.