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CCTV Host Calls Hunan Education Department Lazy & Shameless

Cui Yongyuan, a famous Chinese host and presenter on CCTV.

Cui Yongyuan, a famous Chinese host and presenter on CCTV.

One of the most read and discussed news topics on the Chinese internet yesterday and currently still the number 1 trending search term on leading Chinese search engine Baidu…

From iFeng:

Cui Yongyuan angrily denounces Hunan Province Department of Education: [They] don’t work hard, don’t do their jobs, don’t have any shame!

People’s Daily, Beijing, June 12th report (reporter Song Xinrui), Beijing time yesterday afternoon, well-known CCTV host and presenter Cui Yongyuan [famous for his popular talk show Tell it Like It Is that often discussed social issues] angrily denounced the Hunan Province Department of Education on his personal microblog, saying they “don’t work hard, don’t do their jobs, don’t have any shame!”

That day, Cui Yongyuan participated in an interview concerning the “training of rural village teachers.” Before the interview, he wrote on his microblog: “The Cui Yongyuan Public Welfare Fund’s sixth Rural Teacher Training session will train 100 Hunan rural teachers in August. In response to this, the Hunan Province Department of Education replied: ‘[We] don’t oppose, don’t support, don’t participate.’ We are extremely angry, and hereby officially judge the Hunan Province Department of Education as: don’t work hard, don’t do their jobs, don’t have any shame!”

According to media reports, in 2007 September, Cui Yongyuan and the China Red Cross Foundation jointly established the Cui Yongyuan Public Welfare Fund/Foundation with the “Training of Rural Teachers” being an important project of the fund. Since the start of the first training session on 2007 December 14 up to 2011 August, it has held a total of five training sessions throughout “Gansu, Guizhou, Sichuan, Hunan, Heilongjiang and other provinces with approximately 700 rural teachers having already undergone this training.”

At time of publication, this microblog post had already been forwarded 30,000 times, with netizens one after another heatedly discussing this matter.

Cui Yongyuan's Tencent Weibo microblog post denouncing the Hunan province's Department of Education.

Comments from iFeng:

凤凰网重庆市网友:长弓四方

Tell it like it is.

凤凰网湖南省湘潭市网友:xfhhh

The Hunan Department of Education is indeed like this, on one hand forbidding schools to order education materials and on the other hand forcing schools to subscribe to the materials directly controlled by the department, such as Junior High Student, High School Student, Elementary Student Guide, all of which cost a considerable amount, are of little use, and basically all garbage. Who knows how many benefits and how much profit the Department of Education has gotten from all of this.

凤凰网江苏省淮安市网友:jshasz

I’ve always thought highly of Cui Yongyuan, but it seems like he stands alone and has little power while today’s society has gotten to such a situation that just a few people and organizations won’t be enough to change it.

凤凰网福建省福州市网友:ccx5611

Who is the head of the Hunan Department of Education? I’d really like to know how this person got his position. Just how much money was spent to purchase this Education Department position??

凤凰网北京市网友:慢慢走吧

Thankfully we have the internet and microblogs, otherwise we couldn’t possible know there is such a shameless thing in this world.

凤凰网江苏省盐城市网友:天翼2003

I support Cui Yongyuan. The officials of Hunan province’s education department are all children of officials. You help them train teachers and they’re afraid of being embarrassed, afraid of others saying they “don’t do their jobs.”

凤凰网内蒙古网友:看着主人打狗

Why is it that the shameless are all officials? Those who appoint them are even more shameless.

凤凰网广东省肇庆市网友:心未全死

I support Cui Yongyuan telling it like it is! Some government departments really just don’t work hard, don’t do their jobs, and don’t have any shame.

凤凰网陕西省安康市网友:温州黄埔精神

This kind of shameless local government is everywhere now, Cui isn’t their immediate superior so of naturally they won’t respond!

凤凰网河南省洛阳市网友:zhaoshiyu

I feel like only money has any use in China’s present social system, that it is only money that is keeping society turning.

The logo of Cui Yongyuan's public welfare fund, in association with the China Red Cross Foundation.
The logo of Cui Yongyuan's public welfare fund, in association with the China Red Cross Foundation.

While there were over 100k participants in the comments on iFeng, Chinese netizens were especially vocal on the popular Chinese portal website NetEase, with nearly 500k participants over 375 pages of comments in less than 24 hours on their copy of the above article, both of which were the hottest articles of the day on both sites…

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Comments from NetEase:

我什么都不知道o [网易北京市网友]:

Haha, ding Little Cui, for daring to tell it like it is!
There’s no benefit/profit [for the Hunan province education administrators], so they of course neither won’t oppose, won’t support, and won’t participate in it.

cdlol001 [网易广东省广州市网友]:

I think his criticism is spot on. Click [the upvote button for this comment], and get rich this year.

一鹤鸣天 [网易重庆市网友]:

You don’t give them any benefits, so why would they help?!

贝尔mk [网易辽宁省大连市网友]:

Little Cui is once again blindly telling it like it is.

yang00009999000 [网易山东省日照市网友]:

Well said, Little Cui.

屁民99 [网易韩国网友]:

Haha
Everyone already knows.
All he did was say it out loud.

网易广西北海市网友:

With no money to be made, they definitely won’t support it!

haigejx [网易重庆市奉节县网友]:

Not that I want to defend the Department of Education but: 1. Training 700 people over 4 years for the Education Department is just putting on a show. How many teachers? How many rural teachers? 2. Did Little Cui actually contact the Department of Education? Is your training professional? If you really want to contribute [to society], why are you providing training, just give the money directly to the education department, let them do it, do you think you’d be more professional than the education department? 3. Training just 100 [teachers] for all of Hunan, if this isn’t just putting on a show, what is it? And you criticize others? 4. Even if you’re sincere, even if your training is professional, what’s wrong with others neither opposing nor accommodating you? What right do you have to demand others to accommodate you? I used to like Little Cui, but these three “don’ts” of his gives me a low opinion of him!

网易天津市网友: (responding to above)

Upon seeing “give the money directly to the education department” I knew immediately that you’re nothing good.

00sunshine [网易广东省深圳市网友]: (responding to above)

“Give the money directly to the education department.” It’ll go in but it won’t come back out.

网易山东省济南市网友: (responding to above)

Upon seeing “give the money directly to the education department” I knew you’re mentally retarded.

网易江苏省苏州市网友:

With what do we trust those relevant departments? And you want to give the money? Taxes are high enough as it is.

gmchevrolet [网易山西省临汾市网友]:

The first guy above [haigejx] thinks he’s right. Trying to reason with him is a waste of time. All you can do is give him two words: SB.

kkkasd [网易贵州省安顺市网友]: (responding to above)

The Hunan Department of Education asked [Cui Yongyuan’s] foundation to send an official letter, and the volunteer of the foundation sent the provincial department of education an email signed as the Red Cross Foundation, asking the provincial education department to do ix things including issuing official instructions to subordinates and making a official public announcement on their website. The provincial education department felt that issuing official instructions to subordinates because of an email was clearly inappropriately, so it tasked an education research group to continue discussions for collaboration. Who knows how that volunteer who sent the email reported the matter to Cui Yongyuan but somehow it became [the Hunan Province Department of Education] not opposing, not supporting, and not participating.

网易福建省泉州市网友: (responding to above)

To the person above, may I ask, do you also work for the education department? I see you’ve replied quite a lot [in the comments], quite a contribution [to the department] you’re making, eh?

kkkasd [网易贵州省安顺市手机网友]: (responding to above)

I don’t work for the education department, I work in a private company. I saw people immediately cursing Hunan people and I can’t accept that. The foundation’s volunteer simply sent the Hunan province education department an email signed as the “Red Cross Foundation” and thought it he could then make a total of six requests including having the provincial education department issue official instructions and make official public announcements on its website.
If someone sends you an email, asking you to use your official organization’s seal to issue official instructions/orders to lower/subordinate organizational bodies, could you do it?

The above Chinese commenter, as well as some others, are referring to this…

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From iFeng:

Hunan Province Department of Education responds to Cui Yongyuan’s “Three Don’ts” criticism

According to what this reporter learned from the Hunan province Department of Education, the course of events was like this: At the beginning of May this year, someone named Dong Feng called the Hunan province Department of Education claiming to be a volunteer for Cui Yongyuan’s Public Welfare Fund, saying the Cui Yongyuan Public Welfare Fund’s Sixth Rural Teacher Training Sessions wants to train 100 rural teachers in Hunan. The Hunan province Department of Education staff member who answered the phone immediately expressed that they welcome the Cui Yongyuan Public Welfare Foundation training rural teachers for Hunan but asked that they send an official letter making clear the relevant details and situation so that they could look into it and handle it accordingly. After multiple telephone calls, on May 18th, the Hunan Province Department of Education receive an email from the other party, marked as the “China Red Cross Foundation”, dated 2012 May 16, indicating that the contact person as “董峰 Dong Feng, Wings of a Dream Volunteer”.

[A list of six things that the Cui Yongyuan Fund wants the Hunan Province Department of Education to do.]

After studying this email, the Hunan province education department felt that a public welfare project developed by a non-government organization should be organized by that organization in accordance with laws and regulations, and it would not be appropriate for the provincial department of education as a government body, given its function and duties, to directly issue official announcements and participate in the organization of the project for the NGO. A relevant Hunan province Department of Education staff member immediately communicated this to Dong Feng.

Regarding Cui Yongyuan’s comment on his personal microblog, the person in charge of the Hunan Province Department of Education expressed confusion. At the same time, this representative also indicated that to support the work of this public welfare fund in Hunan, they have already recommended that the Hunan Province Primary and Middle School Teachers’ Continuing Education Study Group contact this foundation, to provide all necessary assistance for their work and activities in Hunan.

According to what this reporter learned from the Hunan Province Primary and Middle School Teachers’ Continuing Education Study Group, the person responsible for this study group made telephone contact with Dong Feng this morning, and Dong Feng said that only after the Hunan Province Education Department provides written authorization, which must be an official letter scanned and sent to his email address, will he report to Cui Yongyuan and a decision can be made as to whether or not they will collaborate.

On Sohu Weibo:

@崔永元 [Cui Yongyuan]: The Hunan Department of Education responded to the “three don’ts” exclusively through People’s Daily Online, and this response is still filled with “three don’ts”: [They] don’t know that Hunan’s 100 rural teachers want to come to the capital for training, don’t mention how we provided all of the identifying documentation and supporting evidence they demanded, and don’t mention how our volunteer called them over a hundred times over this matter. Therefore, I still maintain my judgment of “three don’ts” toward the Hunan Department of Education…

Here is the 2012 volunteer recruitment video for Cui Yongyuan’s foundation and their project to train rural teachers throughout China:

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0:17 – “8 million rural teachers and 100 million children’s dream.”
0:24 – “Many people think of the children, but not many think of these teachers.”

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