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A schoolgirl tragically died after allegedly being beaten by her teacher – having failed to answer two maths questions correctly.
The 10-year-old girl, identified by her surname Zhang, was a student at a primary school in the city of Guangyuan, central China.
She received corporal punishment from the teacher – identified by the surname Wang – on September 10, according to the Xinhua News Agency.
Zhang was beaten on her palms four times and ordered to kneel for four minutes, state-owned newspaper China Daily reports.
Feeling dizzy, she was sent to hospital by her grandmother and the teacher and was pronounced later that day at 3.30pm.
She also had her ears pulled and her head beaten, according to the Oriental Daily.
Medical experts found no wounds and an investigation into her death is under way.
The Cangxi county government has set up a task force and the teacher has been suspended from work, along with the school’s principal.
The victim’s grandmother told local media that she had a twin sister who was in the same class.
She said Zhang looked close to fainting during the beating.
The grandmother also mentioned that Zhang was scared of her maths teacher, who she claimed often gave corporal punishment to students.
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No law in China specifies what constitutes corporal punishment or when and how it should be supervised.
The education ministry and local departments only provide directives.
Last year, officials in the southern Guangdong province considered legalising commonly used punishments, the South China Morning Post reported.
These included standing in front of the class or jogging as a punishment for behaviour including throwing hard objects, pushing, making excessive noise and plagiarising homework.
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