Sex at school in China

| November 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

Teachers in Guangdong, China, may soon not be forced to undergo HIV testing. Those who test positive for HIV/Aids are currently immediately banned from working in the education sector. On 27 May 2013, however, the Guangzhou provincial education department released new health standards – as of 1 September this year, people living with HIV/Aids and other educators with various physical disabilities will be able to work as teachers. The revised conditions of employment are the result of work done by non-profit Justice for All, which in January obtained compensation for its plaintiff in the first-ever successful wrongful discrimination Aids-related lawsuit in China.

The decision comes not a moment too soon: public fury in China was the reaction to the discovery of a school principal who spent the night in a hotel room with four underage students in Hainan province. Chen Zaipeng has since been fired and charged with rape. His behaviour sparked a vigorous online hate campaign: members from all sectors of society photographed themselves in various states of undress, adorned with the accompanying message: “Principal, get a room with me. Leave the young students alone.”

In other news from China, Tiananmen Square seems like a distant dream. Disillusioned opposers of one-party rule say that the phenomenon – eight out of every 10 university students now join the Communist Party – is the result of several issues. The 30 years of propaganda spread since dissidents rose up against government tanks have successfully won over new generations, and joining the Party is one way to get a government job – referred to as an ‘iron rice bowl’, because one cannot be fired.

Category: Summer 2013

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