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China wants austerity in schools

Posted on Feb 27, 07:49PM | IANS

Beijing, Feb 27 : China has told schools to shun extravagance and waste, a move in line with a call by the country's leaders for thrifty lifestyles and a rejection of pomp.

All schools are asked to eradicate pompous decorations and cut the size and number of meetings, ribbon-cutting ceremonies, celebrations and forums, the Ministry of Education (MOE) said in a circular Wednesday.

Schools are banned from having luxury school gates, buildings, offices, hotels and elevators, reported Xinhua citing the circular posted on the ministry's website.

The ministry advocated frugality in official receptions on campus, promoted energy conservation campaigns and took aim at waste in school cafeterias by encouraging diners to clear their plates.

The circular echoes a meeting of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee in December 2012, at which participants vowed to cut formalism, bureaucracy and extravagance.

Following the election of Xi Jinping as general secretary of the CPC Central Committee in November 2012, the CPC has worked harder to address corruption and promote austerity in public spending, in a bid to win trust and support from the people.