An elite Chinese school has been criticised for turning classrooms into virtual jails by fitting windows and balconies with metal bars in an apparent attempt to stop students leaping to their deaths.
The Heshui No2 school is well known for its impressive results, but recently made headlines for tragic reasons. One student died in October and another in March; both apparently jumped from school buildings.
Photos of the school’s new protection measures for students prompted outrage on social media, with one retired education official saying the grilles made the high school in north China look like a prison camp.
China needs reforms “to keep these [exam] factories out of market”, a former education ministry spokesman, Wang Xuming, said in a post on the Weibo microblogging service.