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Beyond their brief

Chelsea Clinton got some extraordinary assistance with her homework while she lived at the White House. Her father got his economics team to help the then 12 year-old with her algebra, reports the Daily Mail, and Bill Clinton also asked his communications team to lend her a hand with a school project on immigration. Well, it seems the concept has caught on in China too. The Qianjiang Evening News reports that the boss of a state-owned company got nine staff (including his driver) to do his 12 year-old daughter’s homework for her last month. The project required them to take photos, draw pictures and shoot video of beautiful spots in their home city, Jinhua. The newspaper spoke to one of those involved, named Chen. He said the homework took them three days to complete and was quite a challenge as he was told not to make the shots look too professional nor too child-like. “It was really difficult to draw the line,” Chen mused. This was not the first time the girl had been helped with her homework, he added. But in the past, the tasks were simpler, usually requiring just two staff to work a couple of hours of overtime.


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