46 arrested in Central China as parents protest local education policy

Source:Global Times Published: 2018/9/2 14:13:39

Police arrested 46 people outside government buildings and schools in the city of Leiyang, Central China's Hunan Province, on Sunday morning, where parents and other demonstrators protested over a local policy to reduce class sizes that may see children sent to surrounding rural areas for school.

More than 600 parents and other demonstrators staged the protests Saturday evening due to a lack of facilities  in the city that has resulted in classes of 66 or more students. The protests turned violent.

The protesters hurled bricks, firecrackers and gasoline bottles at police, injuring 30 during the standoff.

Police said only one demonstrator taken into custody is a parent, while the others include a theft suspect and six with previous criminal records.

According to local paper Hengyang Daily, the city's school districts are already pushed to the limit, with a total of 740 school classes reporting 66 or more students per class.

More than 10,000 new students are expected to be enrolled in the city's schools in September.

To combat growing class sizes, the city aimed to reduce class sizes of 66 or more within 2018, and classes of over 56 must be reduced in 2019, the report said.

The local government has invested in village schools in a bid to further encourage families to send their children.

Global Times

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