Planet China

Pucker it up

Pigs have been in the news lately after pork producer WH Group saw its IPO attempt fail last week (see WiC235). But a more positive story has emerged from Hubei province thanks to the activities of a deputy headmaster. Hong Yaoming – who works at the Xianning Experimental Primary School – was upset by his pupils’ tendency to drop litter. He vowed that if they took more care with their rubbish he would kiss a pig. And according to the Southern Metropolis Daily, Hong kept his promise when his students mended their littering ways.

At the daily flag-raising ceremony at the school he was photographed embracing a pig, and won widespread praise online for keeping to his word. Xinhua reports that Hong had drawn inspiration from a primary school teacher in Kansas who had promised his student that he would smooch a sow if the pass rate in the class mathematics exam exceeded 80%. When it did, he also went through with his promise.

When it comes to motivating students, pig-kissing seems to be a winner…


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