Date
21 August 2017
Middle school students work on their exam papers in heavy smog on an athletic field in Henan province. Photos: Weibo
Middle school students work on their exam papers in heavy smog on an athletic field in Henan province. Photos: Weibo

Middle school principal made students take exams in heavy smog

A middle school principal in Henan province is under fire for forcing students to take exams outdoors in heavy smog.

The government of Linzhou city in Anyang prefecture issued an air pollution red alert on Dec.17 and required all schools to close from noon on Dec.19 until the warning was expected to be lowered on Dec. 22, Apple Daily reports.

But the principal of a local middle school, surnamed Fong, had 480 eighth-grade students take exams on an athletic field.

Angry parents took photos of the scene and posted them on social media.

In the photos, the students are seen working on their exam papers in the middle of a thick haze. Their faces are barely discernible.

Fong was bombarded with furious comments from netizens who said his decision was tantamount to forcing the students to take drugs.

Fong defended his actions, saying he did not think the pollution that day was that serious. He said he had cancelled the exam scheduled for the following day.

Education authorities have suspended Fong, pending further investigation. 

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