With the AQI in Henan’s Anyang prefecture soaring above 700 in recent days, the local board of education decided to cancel classes; however, apparently one middle school principal didn’t get the memo through all that smog.
A pair of photos have gone viral on Chinese social media showing middle school students taking an exam outside on an athletic field in the middle of an airpocalypse. The photos were snapped by one concerned party and sent to local media.
Reporters investigated the matter, speaking to the principal of the middle school in Linzhou city. He confirmed that on Monday an 8th grade class of 400 students had been made to take an exam outside. However, the principal explained that while it was quite “hazy” at the time, the smog was not so “severe.” Later, when he received a notification from the local board of education about canceling classes, the exams were called off.
Considering all of the media attention surrounding this week’s airpocalypse, Chinese web users aren’t buying this principal’s lame excuse, calling on him to lose his job for putting the students’ lungs at risk.
Of course, it’s not like there are many places to hide from the smog currently smothering northern China. In some cities in Henan and Hebei provinces, the air quality readings have gone off the scale with the PM2.5 registering over 1,000 micrograms per cubic meter. For the first time this week, the AQI in Anyang has recently dropped to merely “very unhealthy” levels of 278.
Enjoy some more pictures of “hazy” Henan during exam season.
[Images via Sina]
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