Planet China

Exchange student

The Chinese have a reputation for ‘tiger’ parenting but there are also families where parental responsibilities are more disengaged. Last week Sohu reported an incident at a kindergarten in Shanghai that revealed just as much.

When the teacher took morning roll call it was discovered that one of the four year-old boys in class wasn’t registered to attend the school. When the police arrived the boy was unable to say where he lived or to give his parents’ contact details. But he told the officer that he had been dropped at the kindergarten by his uncle, despite telling him that they had come to the wrong place.

Apparently the uncle assumed the boy was lying in a bid to avoid class and he insisted that he go in anyway. A police sweep of nearby kindergartens identified the child’s pre-school correctly and after further enquiries the four year-old was delivered back to his father.

At this point it emerged that the father had no idea his son had been sent to the wrong school and he could only offer the rather feeble excuse that he’d asked the uncle to drop his son off because it was “raining that morning”. The man’s embarrassment increased, Sohu reported, when he couldn’t remember the name of the kindergarten where the boy was actually enrolled.


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