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School's out forever

(Global Times)

16:43, August 18, 2011

A boy stands in front of New Hope School, an unlicensed migrant children's school in Haidian district, which was demolished last week. (CFP Photo)

If there is such a thing as Tiger Mom in China, Fang Lian is surely one as she seems ready to pounce.

Her eyebrows knit together and she's furious but not because her child has been inattentive at piano lessons. She's upset with the Beijing municipal government which is forcing her son's school to close.

"Why would they shut down this school?" said the 42-year-old mother from Bengbu, Anhui Province, who has sold vegetables in Beijing for a decade but has no claim to permanent residency status.

"Where am I supposed to send my kid? Don't they care about the education of our children?" said the bewildered mother who has been through this once before with terrible results.

Her 12-year-old son, Wang Huichen, along with some 500 other children of migrant workers who live and work in the capital, attended Yuhong School, a privately-run elementary school near the South Fifth Ring Road in Daxing district of Beijing.

Founded in 1998, Yuhong is one of more than 130 unlicensed schools for migrant children that operate outside Beijing's public education system. In yet another citywide sweep that began in May at least a dozen of the privately-run schools for migrantchildren have been ordered to close. Some have already been demolished.
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