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No love lost

For many fathers one of the toughest days of their lives is when their daughter goes on a first date. But according to Pear Video that day could be deferred for a few more years for the dads in Henan’s Suiping county. That’s because the local high school has outlawed ‘puppy love’ in an attempt to get its students to focus on their grades and the college entrance exam (the gaokao) rather than romance. The school’s new regulations forbid boys and girls from walking together in school and divide the cafeteria into two zones, with one half strictly for male students and the other for females. The school has assigned pupils a points score, and told parents that 50 specified infractions – such as being alone in a room with a member of the opposite sex – will deduct from it. Anyone who loses 25 points will be expelled.

Netizen opinion on the draconian measures has been mixed, although one wit did suggest the teacher’s staff room should also be segregated to prevent “extramarital affairs from affecting their work”. However, when Pear Video spoke to a member of the school’s admissions office she defended the new measures: “These rules are for students not to fall in love. The effect is very good – everything is for the students to have a better learning environment.”

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