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March 31, 2023
Chinese colleges are giving student time off to get their freak on, and the students have a good idea why
China is continuously realizing that a longstanding policy of female infanticide has less-than-favorable impacts on the population. And it has since taken actions to try and correct this - like encouraging college students to fall in love in the hopes that they'll help increase the birth rate.
\u201cCertain colleges in China are giving students time off to "enjoy love" as the country's birth rate has seen a steep decline in recent years.\nhttps://t.co/hvEWutty5P\u201d— FOX Illinois (@FOX Illinois) 1680235201
Last week, the Sichuan Southwest Vocational College of Civil Aviation told its students and staff that a one-day holiday will be extended for a whole week. The official notice encourage them to "leave the classroom, leave campus, enjoy the nature and feel the beauty of spring and love." Another college in Xiamen also extended its break to a full week.
Students on Weibo aired their suspicions that this break wasn't tooootally about rest and relaxation, with one writing, "I'm sure this is just another attempt to push people into having more babies." And this isn't totally unfounded, since China has been desperately trying to encourage citizens to have more babies, particularly since more people died than were born in the country last year. China's birth rate for 2022 was its lowest ever at 6.77 births per 1000 people. For comparison, the United States's 2022 birth rate was 12.012 births per 1000 people.
Several local governments already offer extended maternity leave, financial subsidies, tax cuts or relaxed restrictions on acquiring property. And now it seems they're targeting education, with the city of Weifang announcing it will exempt high school fees for the third child of families.
Perhaps the best method adopted by several provinces is encouraging marriage with a recently instated 30 days paid marriage leave. This seems like a better idea than encouraging college kids to go crazy on a spring break, since children are much better off when their parents are married and stay together as opposed to a wild spring fling.
And no more infanticides. Please.
Lily is a Zoomer college dropout who somehow landed a writing gig here at LwC.com. In her spare time, she enjoys going for runs, touching grass, and occasionally tweeting tweets for fellow tweeters.
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