EF says it will sack drug takers

The Shanghai-based education company issues statement following detention of 19 people at its branch in Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province.

EF Education First, whose China headquarters is in Shanghai, says it will terminate the contracts of any employees found to have taken drugs. It also responded to news that police had detained 19 people over alleged drug-taking at EF's branch in Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province, by saying that classes had not been affected. 

Sixteen of those detained are foreigners — seven teachers and nine students — police in Xuzhou said. 

Urine tests of all 19 people had come back positive, police said.

One of the foreigners is under criminal detention, while the other 18 are under administrative detention.

An investigation is ongoing. 

Four EF centers in China, including the Xuzhou branch, are operating normally, EF China said in its statement released on Wednesday.

It said it had launched an investigation and was cooperating with authorities in their investigation.

EF China said it would strengthen the management and supervision of teachers to ensure that all foreign teachers abide by China's laws and regulations.

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