Teacher Scolds Class for Not Giving a Gift on Teachers’ Day

A female teacher teaching her high school class in China.

A female teacher teaching her high school class in China.

From Phoenix Online and NetEase:

High School Teacher Scolds Class For An Entire Hour After Not Receiving Gifts on Teachers’ Day

Over the past few days, information has been circulating on Weixin/WeChat about Yilan County Senior High School Grade 2 Class 17 head teacher Feng Qunchao scolding her students for an entire class hour because they had not bought presents for her on Teachers’ Day. Do you believe such a thing? As verified by the Yilan County Education Bureau, what circulated on WeChat is true. In response to teacher Feng Qunchao demanding presents for Teacher’s Day, they have decided after consideration to revoke her position as head teacher, stop her teacher assignments, and give her a serious demerit on her administrative record.

The following text is transcribed from the Longshi City Channel’s Nightly News program’s report.

Disrespecting me? How are you going to make this up to me?

Yilan County Senior High School Grade 2 Class 17 parent: My child came home and told me what happened, that the moment she entered the classroom, she had ordered one of the students outside. Then, the first thing she did entering the classroom was to throw the lesson plan on the desk saying, “you all go think about how you’re going to make this up to me.”

Zhang Li says that although she felt what the teacher did was inappropriate, she didn’t really take it seriously, until the next day, when she heard a recording on WeChat that was allegedly of [the teacher scolding her class at the time].

The recording: Do you not know what to do? Why don’t we vote for a new class monitor and see if they know what to do? I need someone who knows what to do, who can maintain discipline for me. Why are you so ignorant, so shameless? So the class monitor of other classes pooled money together but our class doesn’t? Are you taking me seriously/respecting me? So I’m only secondary, is it? Tell me, how am I supposed to explain this, when gifts were purchased for all the other teachers of other classes, but my class didn’t. You tell me how embarrassing this is. 10 kuai, 20 kuai, you aren’t so poor that you can’t afford that. Hurry and elect a [new] class monitor for me now. Let’s see who is deserves it. Anyone who’s capable of organizing will do, who can be counted on to not drop the ball. Why so stupid?

Yilan County Senior High School Grade 2 Class 17 parent: Because the class monitor didn’t organize the students to buy presents for her, she called the class monitor incompetent. So because no presents were bought for her, there was no organization of the students.

Poor, stingy, and shameless?

As the students students set about to reelect a class monitor, the mouth on this head teacher didn’t give it a rest, instead continuing to scold her students, every so often letting out dirty language not befitting her role as a teacher.

Recording: Hurry and elect someone. How can you be so insensible? You all forgot? Bullshit, you all forgot. How come the other class monitors didn’t forget? Weren’t the other class teachers all given gifts? And if they weren’t there, weren’t their presents left on their desks? Don’t you all know? How can you all be so inhuman? So poor, stingy, so shameless?

You bunch of useless garbage, not even worth a dog’s fart when it matters

In the recording, the teacher repeatedly emphasized electing a sensible [responsible, knows what ought to be done] class monitor, and as she went on, she came even more agitated, her dirty language escalating.

Recording: Poor, stingy, shameful, what do I need you bunch of useless garbage for? When you aren’t even worth a dog’s fart when it matters. Worrying about you all when you all don’t even know a dog’s fart, a bunch of useless rubbish. What a joke, every day you are so clever but when it matters, you drop the ball? Such fucking bullshit. Who owes you, that I have to be so fucking good to you all?

The students immediately pooled money together to buy a present for the teacher

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Yilan County Senior High School Grade 2 Class 17 parent: With the teacher so furious, the students immediately pooled their money together on the spot. Fishing out 3 kuai or 5 kuai each, they pooled together about 400 yuan, and when combined with over 200 yuan added for the class fee, there was a total of over 600 yuan, which the children used to buy presents.

Comments on Phoenix Online:


It should be strictly forbidden for teachers to accept any gifts from students. Some teachers don’t teach properly in class, in order to collect fees for private tutoring, and making things difficult for anyone who doesn’t go to them [for private tutoring].

[Note: Some teachers in China have been accused of relying on more lucrative private tutoring gigs to supplement their income, leading to suspicions that they are may do a poor job in class to increase parents’ demand for their out-of-classroom tutoring services.]


Teachers accepting gifts is extremely common. They are eroding the mental and physical health of our children and teenagers!! These engineers of the human soul need a lesson in educator ethics!! If this isn’t done soon, it will affect China’s future!!


This kind of person should be expelled from the teaching ranks, lest they [negatively] influence the next generation of people.


The punishment is too light. Shouldn’t she be fired from the teaching staff? According to what she said, other classes had all given the teachers presents, so how should that be dealt with? Isn’t it now stipulated that accepting gifts for any reason is forbidden?


Are there any teachers left that don’t accept presents nowadays? You can’t even give too little, and it’s the same everywhere. Teachers are all obsessed with fishing for money now, so how can they be expected to teach class properly?! The tragedy of the Chinese education system.


This is why the vocation I hate the most are teachers. It’s just an occupation. I don’t believe there’s anyone taking the post as a teacher because he or she wants to be a model of virtue for others. It’s just a job like any other.


This kind of teacher isn’t fit to be a model [for the youth], and should be expelled from the ranks of teachers.


Teachers these days are simply money-grubbing animals. If they don’t get money, then your child is going to be punished at school. The result? Raising corrupt officials.


Teaching is also just an occupation; teachers are also offering labor just like people in all trades and professions. Since there is already a Labor Day, why should there be a “Teachers’ Day” specifically for teachers? Why is the teaching profession a notch higher than others? I appeal for the cancellation of “Teachers’ Day”, ding if you agree!


Be careful with what you say. Not all teachers are like what you think. [For example] Our head teacher spent his own money to buy a USB stick for his [subject-specific] teachers, so they could use them to download exercises to help us, for which we were very grateful to the teacher. After graduating, we went to invite the teacher to a meal, and he even ended up paying the bill. Moreover, what’s wrong with students buying some small presents for their teacher? Our teacher used his own money to buy us ice cream quite a few times. I even remember once when some students fell ill, and after exhausting all the money on his medical insurance card, he then even took out over 300 of his own cash. He was with us every day as we learned. Are teachers not worthy of your respect? Everyone, let’s look at the problem objectively. The way I see it, the Yilan County Senior High School Grade 2 Class 17 head teacher is not necessarily a bad person and may just be embarrassed [as a teacher who didn’t get any presents]. Let’s all be kinder [with our words]!


Listening to the recording, it sounds like the students of all the other classes had given their teachers Teachers’ Day gifts, to express their appreciation, while the students of this head teacher’s class didn’t, so she finds it hard to face her colleagues and is embarrassed. She’s probably not angry that her students didn’t get her gifts, but is just too too concerned with appearances [how she looks in front of the other teachers]. So, we should understand her anger appropriate. As a head teacher, the way you treat your own students is [often] like how you treat your own children, so when it comes how they treat people, she expects her students to be sensible [thoughtful, considerate] and know what should be done. That’s what she expects of her students, and that’s where her anger comes from. However, she forgot one thing: she may treat her students as if they are her own children, but her students may not feel the same way. She really was too earnest and thought too much of their relationship to her. In this fickle era when nobody trusts each other, one really shouldn’t expect too much of others. This should also be a lesson for others who expect too much of others.

Note: The image above is illustrative and not related to news story.

  • wnsk

    The students really are stupid and useless. They should have bought a fake spider or snake or something and put it in her drawer. Kids these days!

    • mr.wiener

      I seriously think they should have bought her something battery operated that vibrates…sounds like she needs some stress relief.

      • Guang Xiang

        oh! oh! Those face massaging things! They’re great!

    • lacompacida

      There are plenty of live snakes in the countryside in China, and they are free. Fake ones cost money. Why fake snakes ? Won’t a live one be more lively ?

      • SongYii

        mr. wieners on the right track. that girl needs a trouser snake.

      • wnsk

        Because (and I don’t know why this is so) you get more of a kick out of someone freaking out at a fake snake than a real one. Or maybe that’s just me. *shrug*

    • If I May

      We used to use stink bombs near the teacher’s desk chair. It worked every time.

  • Joe

    Short update: the teacher has already publicly apologized and subsequently relieved of all teaching duties.

  • lacompacida

    Love to see this advancement of Chinese culture and civilization. This kind of scolding students for not giving should be made mandatory for all schools and colleges in China. I can see a recorded version of this speech be sold to all teachers to be played at least once a month in each and every class in China.

    • If I May

      No. Every Monday would be better — just before the flag thing that I hear most schools do — and blasting nice and loud. The neighbors should be made aware of it too, you know.

  • SongYii

    Happy Teacher’s Day, cunt!

  • PricklyPear

    Yilan Cunty High School? Maybe there’s where the problem started. Seems kinda literal though.

  • Markus P

    The line between what is a gift and what is a bribe is so blurry in China.

    Giving a gift for favorable treatment is considered a bribe. Yet, sadly when it comes to some things in life in China such as learning to drive, giving a gift is so expected that if you do not give a “gift” you will be treated unfavorable and they won’t put you in to take the driving test, delaying the test date on purpose.

    The only way around not giving the gift in some circumstances is to know someone important, which is another bad aspect. Although connections work in other countries as well even if they “officially” shouldn’t.

  • Markus P

    Am i to understand that teachers day is in SEP? The start of the year? Surly the students won’t even know the personality of their new teacher. If such a day is going to exist why not at the end of the year, so that a student can gift on merit of worth to the student (despite the unethical implications). (actually i disagree with the gift giving all together).

    Personally, teachers day could be good, a thank you card at the end of the year sounds fine to me. But the current date just seem bizarre to me why would you thank or gift someone you do not know other than for favor?

    • Dax

      I think it’s supposed to coincide with Confucius’s birthday.

  • ClausRasmussen

    She lost face. That is understandable and I feel a little sorry for her, but then she went over the top.

    Had she just cried, her pupils would be ashamed and she would have got what she wanted without creating a scandal

    • Irvin

      She got alot to learn in the art of manipulation.

  • Amused

    And I bet they didn’t even give her a nice blanket party when she went out to her car after school either. Got to love it

  • Rick in China

    Clearly this fugly uptight bitch needs a good dicking. Whose up for the sacrifice.

    • iLcOrNaLiTo

      Meh, I’ll do it.

      • SongYii

        I’m in. Let’s London Bridge her.

        • Boris

          London Bridge???

          • SongYii

            girl on hand and knees, one guy dick in her mouth, one guy dick in… whichever he chooses, and guys give double high five, resembling London Bridge. :-)

          • donscarletti

            I don’t particularly see the resemblance to what you’re describing.

          • SongYii

            Er… whatever bridge looks like that then. I think on urbandictionary, its called London Bridging.

          • Boris

            So basically a double team with double high-fives thrown in.

          • SongYii

            well, one particular position in a double team. try it out, let me know what you think (take photos)! :-)

  • Janus

    good to see misogyny alive and well in the comments section, with all the people suggesting that sex apparently fixes all women’s problems.

    • SongYii

      Fixes a lot of man’s problems. ;-D

    • Irvin

      Sex DOES fix all of women’s problems.
      Want a baby? SEX!
      Need a raise? SEX!
      Need a promotion? SEX!

      Every single thing that a woman wants can be gain through sex.

  • SongYii

    New reports about decent teachers aren’t very interesting. ;-)

  • linette lee

    Teachers deserve a gift on teacher day. It’s like birthday gift on your birthday. It’s being thoughtful and respectful. The students are not very thoughtful.

    • IsurvivedChina

      they are there to teach not demand presents… Chinese logic is priceless!

  • Balkan

    The woman is disgusting and she should be fired.

    • IsurvivedChina

      I think she was…

  • Wodowsan

    If you demand a gift, is it any longer a gift?

  • heavyshift

    she reminds me of some of my ex-girlfriends.