Elementary school in Wuhan installs bars on desks to protect pupils' eyesight


Chinese Society  Updated:Sat, Feb 22, 2014 03:46 AM   By Bernd Chang


A primary school in Wuhan city in central China’s Hubei province tried to protect the eyesight of pupils by installing bars on their desks.

The prevalence of nearsightedness among Chinese children, juveniles and young adults has been reported as the highest in the world. A 2011 report claimed that 34%~61% of primary school students, 68% of junior middle school students and 90% of senior high school students are suffering from myopia in China.

While experts call for reducing studying burden of Chinese students as key measure to fight against juvenile myopia, others are making efforts to get the students into good habits of using their eyes, like this primary school in central China’s Hubei province did.

The Zhanglin primary school in Xinzhou district, Wuhan city, Hubei province has drawn national attention when it was noticed in middle of February when Chinese schools reopened after the spring festival holiday that the school had installed metal bars on to all of its students' desks.

Headmaster Zhang Jianming said the bars were installed by the City Juvenile Eyesight Protection Center.

He explained that the bars will be used to prevent pupils from getting too close to their books and eventually get children into good reading habits.

The bars can be moved up and down to stop students moving their heads too close to the books.

The bars can also be pushed back to the distance at which children should be holding their books.

[Images via Chinadaily]

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