School in China Excludes Kids With Bad Eyesight From Awards

School in China Excludes Kids With Bad Eyesight From Awards

Officials say the policy raises awareness.

Hangzhou Sandun Primary School in eastern China’s Zhejiang province has a new policy: students with visual acuity below 5.0 will not be included in its merit list, sixthtone.com reports.

“I think (maintaining good eyesight) is important for children’s comprehensive development, as well as their physical and mental health,” an education bureau official said. “The school is paying attention to the importance of students’ vision, and it’s also hoping to make parents aware of the issue.”

Nearsightedness among school children in China, affects 36% of elementary schoolers and 71.6% of middle schoolers, according to the country’s top health authority.

The primary school’s deputy headmaster told local media that the school’s rule was mainly to educate students and parents about myopia.

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