Principal sacked for holding exams in open on polluted day in China

Hengzhou, Dec 21 (IANS) A school principal in China has been sacked for conducting exams in the open on a highly polluted day.

A thick blanket of smog — worst of this year — descended on north China, prompting authorities to issue a red alert for air pollution. Under a red alert, schools in China are shut.

In Linzhou city in Henan province, all kindergartens and schools were told to close on Monday, and stay closed until the end of this week’s red alert for air pollution.

But students of a middle school were summoned for exams, Xinhua news agency said.

More than 400 of them turned up for the exams conducted in the school’s playground despite the worst pollution of the year on Monday.