Random pregnancy tests are being carried out on high school students in some areas to protect schools' reputations. Officials in Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu province, have organised for tests to be carried out in more than 30 middle and high schools in the city. A doctor is brought in when the girls reach eighth grade and pregnancy tests are usually carried out during each school term. Students must pay a nominal fee for the forced procedure. If a student is found to be pregnant, the school 'takes care' of the matter discreetly - previously the girl's name would have been publicised as a form of humiliation punishment. A member of Zhangjiagang's Education Committee, Lu Yuanqin, said: 'The city's party committee and Government requested us to do a good job in publicising family planning and our work cannot have loopholes. 'The education part is easy to do, but it still cannot guarantee that a problem will not occur.' A middle school principal, Lu Jianshi, defended the testing, saying it was part of overall health checks for students. 'The students should not feel any pressure' he said, adding that neither parents nor pupils had expressed concern. 'If the students feel pressured, perhaps it is because we have not expressed ourselves clearly, causing the students to believe that the school does not trust them.'