Chinese kindergarten bans child after father refuses to write on banknotes

School apologises and agrees to take back boy after it asked parents to break the law by writing on notes used to make down payment

PUBLISHED : Monday, 18 December, 2017, 3:10pm
UPDATED : Friday, 05 January, 2018, 2:28pm

A kindergarten has apologised for rejecting a child after his father refused to write on the banknotes used to make a down payment for next year’s tuition, Chinese media reported over the weekend.

Yiner Kindergarten in Beilun, a costal city in eastern China’s Zhejiang province, has apologised and said it would allow the child to return after the city’s education officials launched an investigation into the private preschool.

The father, identified only by his surname Zhao, said he had accepted the apology and would send his son to classes on Monday, Zhejiang TV reported.

A teacher at the kindergarten asked parents to hand over 1,000 yuan (US$150) as a down payment for next year’s tuition by December 14, with the child’s name written on the banknotes, the report said.

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Zhao questioned the requirement as Chinese law bans writing on bank notes as well as damaging or defacing them.

He was quoted as saying that the kindergarten should use a scanner to check for fake notes or allow money transfers if it did not trust parents.