he principal of a kindergarten in Yunnan province has been fired after students told their parents that the milk they were given to drink at the school had a curious lack of taste.
One mother tried the milk for herself. Finding it tasteless indeed, she then had tests run on the milk which discovered low levels of protein. When confronted with this information, the prinicpal, surnamed Chen, was forced to admit that she had ordered the milk to be watered-down in order to cut costs.
In a lengthy confession in front of parents, which was videotaped and uploaded online, Chen also revealed that she had purposefully bought poor quality food and little meat for the kids, explaining that since owned a 30 percent stake in the kindergarten, money saved was money in her pocket.
Local authorities in the city of Dali have fired Chen, however, many Chinese netizens have declared that she deserves further punishment, calling for her arrest.
This is only the latest in a long line of food safety scandals at Chinese kindergartens and public schools. Last month, rotten and expired food was found in the kitchen at an elite private school in Shanghai. The discovery led to the principal getting sacked and inspections carried out at school cafeterias around the city.