The provincial auditor of Guangdong will investigate the practice of charging school placement fees, which generated revenue of up to 100 million yuan for schools last year. Students in Guangdong are placed in schools through a centralised computer system, but unsatisfied parents can pay a fee, often of more than 30,000 yuan, if they wish to send their children to another school of their choice. The money only gets their children on the list of another school, and does not guarantee placement. Guangdong only allows the fees for the placement of senior middle-school students. But parents also get their children into top primary and junior middle schools by paying other fees, such as a school construction fee or school aid fee. The practice is popular in many mainland provinces. The auditor should probe the administration of the fees because they have led to the unfair allocation of school placements, said Meng Hao , a Guangdong delegate to the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. 'Though the fees are fixed by the government, some parents will pay more - say 100,000 yuan - to jump the queue because there are not enough seats in good schools. Thus, some schools don't select students according to their academic performance. This is unfair for those who have better results but are less well off,' Mr Meng said. According to Xinhua, more than 1,000 middle schools in Guangdong had received up to 100 million yuan in school placement fees from about 6,000 students last year.