A dancing school in Guilin, Guangxi, is under fire after forcing underage students to work as bar girls in Hangzhou during their internship. The Guilin Intermediate Occupational Dancing School, approved by local education authorities, sent 22 teenagers to work in bars in Hangzhou early last month, Xinhua reported. Their parents were promised they would be attached to regular performing venues and each would get a salary of 750 yuan a month. A teacher who saw them off told them not to report any bad news to their families and to discuss problems with teachers instead. 'A school senior picked us up in Hangzhou and took away our student and identity cards,' one 15-year-old student was quoted by Xinhua as saying. 'She told us to dress in a mature way and tell others we were 19 years old.' A 16-year-old said she saw two senior girls being touched while drinking with customers on her first day working in a bar. One student who was touched on the breasts received five flower bouquets from customers, each of which could be exchanged for a 40-yuan commission. The 16-year-old said she was forced to drink eight glasses on her fourth day at work despite not having drunk wine before. She said her classmates always returned to the dorm drunk, and cried at night that they wanted to go home. Several girls complained to their parents, who urged them to return home after two weeks of the 'internship'. The school was also forced to recall several other girls after pressure from parents. Xinhua said each student earned 100 yuan a night, with 50 yuan going to an agent, 25 yuan to the dancing school and 25 yuan to the student. Zhou Zhen, an assistant to the school director, said the school thought the internship would help students pay off the tuition fees they owed. School chairman Guo Guisheng said it was not 'inappropriate' for the girls to exchange toasts out of courtesy and that he was 'doing a good deed' as most of the students were from poor families. 'Some of the students are from my town and are even my relatives. How would I harm them?' he asked. Ning Xiaobao, vice-director of Guilin Education Bureau, said the school had violated regulations by organising an internship without the supervision of a teacher and making profits from it. He said the bureau had sent a team to investigate the matter.