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Ministry of Education in China Implements Anti-Corruption Measures

2018-11-19 10:25 Monday

Oftentimes students lack real-world experience and the capacity to distinguish right from wrong. Therefore, educational environment is essential to building character and preventing inappropriate behavior. With this in mind, the Ministry of Education in China recently implemented four measures to prevent corruption, among which include a ban of commercial advertisements on campus.

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1. Teachers are forbidden to take part in parents' banquets

Many parents host social banquets on campus, hoping that their children will receive "preferential treatment" from teachers. A teacher's duty is to teach, and if a teacher accepts a parent's invitation to dinner, it sends the signal to students and parents that he or she treats their students differently

2. Teachers are forbidden to ask for gifts

A teacher who asks for a gift from a student or parent is now regarded as soliciting a bribe. This behavior has increasingly rare, but is often disguised as a different request. Due to the new measures, even an indirect request is regarded as bribery.

3. Ban of commercial advertisements on campus

The Ministry of Education now prohibits any commercial advertising in primary and middle schools. Students in primary and middle schools can be easily mislead by advertisements, and lack the reasoning to determine fact from fiction.

4. Strict investigation of all commercial activities in schools

The Ministry of Education noted that local education departments should establish verification systems, as well as strictly examine the contents, programs, participants and organizers of commercial activities. To organize activities for primary and middle school students or have a presence on campus, organizers must be approved and registered with the education department.

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