eturning back from summer break, students at a high school in the city of Shangqiu in Henan province discovered that all of the benches and chairs had mysteriously disappeared from their cafeteria, forcing them to eat standing up.
Unsurprisingly, this move was made by school administrators as a way of making students spend less time chatting and eating, and more time studying. In a Pear Video report, one school employee says that they soon plan to implement assigned spots for each student to stand, further cutting down on the time that students need to spend in the cafeteria.
“In general, it should take about 10 minutes to eat a meal,” the employee said.
Students speculated that this idea must have come from Hengshui, a chain of schools that have become infamous as China’s top cram schools or “gaokao factories” while utilizing military-style discipline and banner-filled rallies. Last year, two tanks were installed outside the entrance of one of these schools in Hebei province in order to “motivate” students to study harder.
However, a student at one Hengshui school is quoted as saying that even they have benches to sit on in their cafeteria.