Latest News:  
Beijing   Sunny    14 / 1 ℃  City Forecast

English>>China Society

Student swarms overwhelm local streets in daily school rush

By Shell Zhang (Global Times)

16:34, October 31, 2012

Every day after school, hundreds of parents crowd in front of the school gates, waiting for their children.

This can be seen at every primary and middle school in every city. When kids get out of school, the streets are partly or entirely blocked by the crowds and cars, as noisy as a busy market.

The jams at the school gates have become a hot issue recently. Only a little over a decade ago, there were no such hordes of parents waiting to pick up their kids.

As most primary and middle school students lived in nearby apartment blocks, many of them walked home in groups, and some middle school students rode bikes.

Today things have changed a lot. Almost all the parents of kindergarteners pick up and drop off their children. And 90 percent of parents continue to do this when their kids go to primary school, while half of the parents still do so when their kids go to middle school.

Many blame parents for over-protecting children. However, there are some other reasons behind this phenomenon.

With more cars in the street, the traffic conditions are much more dangerous today. Thousands of children die in traffic accidents every year, and child abduction cases have received prominent media coverage.

Some cities also saw kids assaulted in the streets. All these shocking numbers show that safety has become a worrying issue for parents, prompting them to take a closer watch over their kids.

【1】 【2】

Most viewed commentaries
Recommended News
12 hours before execution of female prisoners Sexy girls in China's national pole dancing team A glimpse of hard security guard training
Typhoon Son-Tinh brings gales, downpours 50,000 gay people attended same sex parade Life behind bars (II)


Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name


Selections for you

  1. Troops in field tactical training

  2. PLA, U.S. army bands hold joint concert

  3. N. Korea's Kim Jong Il visit military university

  4. HTC smartphones with Windows 8

  5. Willys Jeep seen in Tianjin, still works

  6. Airspace management reform urged

  7. Sexy western beauties in Chinese eyes

  8. Gorgeous sceneries around world

Most Popular


  1. Why scary Chinese movies are so scarce
  2. Banks get carried away with late fees
  3. Lin Yifu: Tech key to avoid development trap
  4. Seeking justice from pollution
  5. China, US have 'unique' role for world peace
  6. Libya conflict unlikely to impact US presidential race
  7. Trade protectionism won't work for US
  8. Growth depends on reining in abuse
  9. Multi-country dialogues growing hollow
  10. Grotesque gaps in income undercut social harmony

What’s happening in China

Temperature drops in central and eastern China

  1. Elevator safety risk going up as demand rises
  2. Railway loses judiciary as its courts are transferred
  3. Parents warned importing NZ baby formula
  4. Icebreaker embarks on Antarctic expedition
  5. Former legislator might be tied to fatal rail crash