27 Chinese Officials Punished Over Educational Illustrations

Published August 25th, 2022 - 08:40 GMT
27 Chinese Officials Punished Over Educational Illustrations
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A statement by the Chinese Ministry of Education announced on Monday the dismissal or punishment of 27 officials for their role in the publishing of an educational book with "ugly" illustrations.

According to the Chinese Ministry of Education, the 27 officials who work for a publishing agency owned by the Chinese government and called People's Education Society "have not met the basic requirement of moral education", by passing a math educational book that contained illustrations deemed "unaesthetic".

The statement explained that the decision toward the 27 officials was perceived by an investigation and went on to describe the illustrations included in the math book that was published in May 2022 as "ugly, and showing a poor spirit and style", urging publishers to present illustrations that better "represent the positive image of the nation's children".

The investigation also found some of the photos to be "sexually suggestive" and "pro-American", in terms of style and values.

In recent years, Chinese authorities have ramped up their censorship of educational curricula, which has been interpreted as an attempt to grow a sense of national identity among students in different levels. 

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