- A school in China allegedly promoted chastity to students with a huge signboard
- Posts are seen warning pupils to refrain themselves from sex and masturbation
- Other messages encouraged women to wear modest clothing and remain chaste
- Outraged Chinese web users slammed the institution 'ignorant and backward'
A middle school in central China has sparked outrage online after it allegedly promoted chastity to its pupils by displaying puritanical posts on the campus.
Pictures emerged online show a huge signboard at the school’s playground with messages claiming that ‘chaste women have smarter children’ and ‘people who masturbate are poor and cheap’.
Other posts warned students to refrain themselves from having sex before marriage and encouraged girls to wear modest clothing.
Tens of thousands of Chinese web users were angered by the school’s message board, slamming the institution as ‘ignorant and backward’.
The Zhipu Middle School in Henan province came under heavy criticism after images of the puritanical posts recently emerged on Chinese social media.
‘According to scientific research, chaste women have smarter children. If a woman does not cheat (on her spouse), her children born during the marriage will usually have an IQ that is over 20 points higher than hers, while the offspring of promiscuous people will have very low IQs’, one of the signs read.
Another paragraph warned: ‘If you can’t stop masturbating completely, you will never become successful and bring honour to your ancestors.’
Many of those displayed statements claimed to have been supported ‘scientific research’ but without actually citing any sources.
The posts have sparked outrage on Chinese social media, with many netizens blasting the school ‘ignorant and backward’.
One commenter wrote: ‘How is this still happening in 2020? Wake up, we are not in the Qing dynasty anymore.’
Another one replied: ‘This is so ignorant and backward. They don’t deserve to educate children!’
A third web user said: ‘This is disgusting. The school needs to be investigated.’
The local government said that the controversial posts had been removed from Zhipu Middle School in a statement issued today.
The authorities claimed that the signboard had been put up by a local resident ‘without permission’.
The notice said: ‘The school playground is accessible to the school and the public. It is usually used by the school during school hours, and the passage to the playground is closed after school and during holidays.
‘[After school], residents carry out fitness and cultural activities there. The signboard at the south-western corner of the playground was recently installed by a local villager, Xing, without permission,’ the officials said.