Primary school students suffer frostbite in class

Heating will be replaced in nearly a dozen primary schools after temperatures got so low that some children suffered frostbite in class.

Heating will be provided at 11 primary schools in a north China county by 6pm Wednesday after it was exposed that some children suffered frostbite in class.

The schools, all located in Quyang County in Hebei Province, are undergoing renovations to replace coal boilers that didn’t meet the requirements of the environment. As the project was lagging behind schedule, the heating supply was not in place even though the temperature in the county can drop below zero, CCTV reported today.

Children were seen having class or running in the playground under the sun as the classroom was too cold. Some suffered frostbite, according to the report.

Central heating in north China usually starts in mid-November.

As of 1pm Tuesday, the heating of seven schools has been replaced with new electric heaters.

Wang Peng, Party chief of the county, told the newspaper that they have formed a task force to investigate the incident and promised that people will be held accountable.

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