Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Picture of the Day: Challenging Conditions

Students had to sit outside breathing in air pollution while writing exams
In Linzhou, Anyang, Henan province, 480 students were made to sit outside in the choking smog to write their exams.

The eighth grade pupils had to take the exams on Monday afternoon when local education authorities said schools should close from Monday because of the severe air pollution, according to Dahe News.

Pictures taken by a parent show the students in a football pitch either squatting or seated with low stools used as tables.

Visibility was so bad that day, it was down to only 200 metres.

The school principal didn't seem to understand what all the fuss was about.

"We thought that since we had already organized it, why not just finish the whole process [despite the school being ordered to close]," the principal said.

Ah, the pragmatism of the Chinese wins over health concerns of sitting outside and breathing in severe smog...

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