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Post time 2018-7-5 14:23:18 |Display all floors
(What's on Weibo) A remarkable conundrum has got Chinese social media users talking. A woman who studied for four years to become a teacher was denied her certification – she allegedly is 10 centimeters “too short” to become a teacher, according to height requirements established by the Shaanxi Ministry of Education.

News of a Chinese university student being barred from receiving her teaching certificate because of her height has become a topic of discussion on Chinese social media.

A female student named Li was recently disqualified from receiving her teaching certificate after a medical examination measured her height as 140cm (4.6ft), 10cm shorter the height requirement of 150cm (4.9ft), Shaanxi media outlet CNWest (西部网) reports.

The student studies at Shaanxi Normal University. “Not getting a teaching certification would mean the end of my career,” she told local reporters: “It would also go against the free education agreement I received when I entered the university.”

Li is given exemption on her tuition fees under the so-called ‘Future Teacher Scheme’ by the Chinese Ministry of Education – a special programme designed to cover the tuition costs of selected university students who commit to teach at local schools upon graduation.

If Li fails to acquire her teaching certificate, however, it would kill her future job prospects. According to the ‘Future Teacher Scheme’ agreement, students are required to pay back the costs of their university education if they do not become a teacher.

“If there is such a [height] requirement, why would they have accepted me as a student in the first place? My four-year-long efforts now turn into nothing,” Li said.

Since the issue made the news, Shaanxi Normal University responded to the issue, CNWest news reports. In a statement, the university said they were simply enforcing a 2009 provincial policy which stipulates that female applicants need to be taller than 150cm to qualify as a teacher.

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Post time 2018-7-5 14:25:41 |Display all floors
The national Chinese laws on teaching, however, do not set any height requirements for teachers.

“This is discrimination. If this happened in the United States, she could get 300 million US Dollars’ worth of compensation,” some commenters responded on Weibo.  

Local authorities told CNWest that exceptions on the height requirement policy are occasionally made; in 2012, for example, a student who did not meet the height requirement did obtain the teaching qualification.

Thanks to the heightened media attention on the issue, Shaanxi officials have since decided to make an exception for Li. They reportedly plan to remove the height restriction starting from next year.

The sudden change in policy, however, has not made commenters on social media less annoyed. “If Deng Xiaoping were alive, he would fire the entire Shaanxi Bureau of Education,” one user said. (Former Chinese communist leader Deng Xiaoping’s height is listed as 150cm/4.9ft).

There are many Weibo users who question the relation between a person’s height and their job a teacher: “If she is short, she can wear high heels. Does height really matter to become a teacher?”

It is not the first time that height discrimination in China makes the news. A 2015 Foreign Affairs report suggests that, despite being discriminatory, many employers in China insist on setting height requirements as a condition to employment.

The majority of netizens sympathize with Li: “This is hurtful. It is not easy to be short, why would this society make it more difficult for her?”

Other people wonder why appearances would be more important than one’s psyche: “They never have requirements when it comes to people’s morals and their mental health. It is disgusting to have these requirements for a person’s height.”

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Post time 2018-7-5 15:48:55 |Display all floors
This post was edited by zhihu1 at 2018-7-5 16:13

I am sure you will tell how nice your home is instead of telliing your friends that there is rubbish in your dust bin.

I am sure you would try to use makeup or attire to cover the physical defects of yours too, instead of telling people them.

I am sure you would present the best side of yours to your employer if you landed a job interview instead of revealing your shortcomings

Likewsise, China Daily is a window of China for foreigners. Why would you always find fault with China and report the negative news against China, and other Asian nations to the international forumites, especially you are being Chinese?  Is this the value that China Daily promotes on CD forum?

Do you really believe those Weibo users claim that there's no appearance discrimination in the USA?

A weather woman got fired because of his natural black hair. Her name is Rhonda Lee. Who would pay her $3 millions?

Two black men were arrested by white police in Starbucks because they didn't order coffee.

One of our forum members whose moniker should not be mentioned keeps abusing another American forum "the fattest Westerner" on China Daily, and he has been awarded with "Most Valued Member" on CD for years. I have reported him quite a few times, you management doesn't take very effective actiion to punish him.

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futureone168 Post time: 2018-7-5 15:58
Indeed I agree with you totally again.

Thank you!

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Post time 2018-7-6 08:28:28 |Display all floors
I can understand that you must be 1.5m tall to be a teacher, if not, the pupils in the back off the classroom won't be able to see the teacher
Furthermore, the black board is to high for a short teacher.
Human lives mean nothing when the western warmongers see a bigger gain through war

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