Student in China Calls Police Because Military Training Too Tiring

Delegates from Chinese People's Liberation Army / AP
• August 21, 2015 5:59 pm


A student undergoing military training at a high school in China called police because he felt too tired to complete the exercise.

"My instructor forced me to practice even though I am exhausted," the student told police during military training at a high school in Nanjing, the capital of China’s eastern Jiangsu province. "The instructors are going to increase the amount of training. I'm dying of tiredness, and they want me to train," he said.

People’s Daily Online reported:

According to the National Defense Education Law of China, college students and students in high school should participate in the military training. Generally the training is set in August before the start of a new term and in October after the National Day. It has been implemented for many years that students who enter high school take part in military training. The student calling for police has drawn the attention of netizens and triggered a heated discussion.

While educators regard the military training as beneficial physical and mental exercise, parents believe the training may put students at health risk. Experts, meanwhile, have called for the training to be more "humane."

Huang Guangmin, a physician with Sports Medicine Institute in the GeneralAdministration of Sport, admits the function of military training in an interview.Meanwhile, he stresses the necessity of making it more scientific and humane. Studentshave differences in physical fitness and vary in exercise intensity. In the scorching summer, high-intensity training will inevitably make some students exhausted.

According to eChinacities, students at the high school have a morning session from 7:30 am to 11:40 am and an afternoon session that runs from around 3:00 pm or 4:00 pm to 5:20 pm. The training is physical but also involves safety courses in CPR and "national defense related education."

Police that were called to the school did not find any evidence of "corporal punishment … being used on students."

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