Planet China

Polar extremes

One of the key traits required for running an educational establishment is an innate sense of what is appropriate. The principal in charge of the Xinshahui Kindergarten in Shenzhen evidently lacked this quality. As ThePaper.cn reports, parents were shocked when they brought their kids for the first day of school and were “inexplicably treated to a pole dance performance”. ThePaper.cn adds that while “scantily clad performers swung around a pole and danced onstage, children in the audience imitated their moves”. The event quickly went viral after several astonished parents posted footage on their social media accounts and questioned whether it was age-appropriate to have nubile women performing sexually explicit acts in front of three year-olds. On Monday the education authority in the Bao’an district of Shenzhen – the area where the school is located – issued a press release giving its verdict on that question. It told parents that the principal of the kindergarten had been dismissed. Finding a new role in the education sector may prove difficult following such a gargantuan lapse of judgement…


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