Teacher’s Office Next to Classrooms to Monitor Students in China


From Sina Weibo:

@央视新闻: “The teacher’s office and the classrooms have combined!” Recently at Guangtai Middle School in Handan City, Hebei the classrooms are undergoing a major transformation. What were once “far away”, teacher’s offices have moved right “next door” to the classrooms. The teacher can see all that is happening in the class by just looking outside the office window, getting to know the details of the student’s studying habits and the state of the class. Netizens: those students who were once standing guard in the back can now be relieved of their duties, what do you think?



Comments on Sina Weibo:


I feel this will add a lot of pressure on the students, going to class will be more painful.


The principle’s office can be linked to the teachers’ office.


Chinese children are ruined like this.


Scary leaders, pitiful teachers and students, tragic Chinese education system.


Education with Chinese characteristics.


What is the difference between this and going to prison?


This is practically hell on earth, good thing I already graduated.


The feeling as if they will be shot from behind anytime.


Is this a school or a prison? China, haha.


During the rapid development of the internet we censored the internet. When the children needed freedom the most, we limited their freedom, I feel ashamed for the term “we”.


I suddenly thought of the Panopticon.


I suggest placing the principal’s office behind the teacher’s office, the Minister of Education’s office behind the principal’s office…Xi Jinping’s office.


Chinese education is a bizarre chapter in the civilized history of mankind.


I am so lucky to have graduated.


If they changed the school uniforms into prison uniforms then it would be perfect, practically unimpeachable.


They should add a sign at the door: “do not throw food”.


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  • RaphaeI

    Much ado about nothing. This arrangement sounds like it has a strong deterrent value against slacking. If the students are doing everything they should as students, they needn’t fear any extra surveillance.

    • Joe

      let’s be honest the teachers are probably too busy playing candycrush to care enough to watch over the students in their free time

  • Ktrang

    china system must be destroy. or else the new generations will fuck up more than they already be

  • Ken Morgan

    Nothing new, in the UK they use CCTV cameras. This is also for the protection of the teacher against malicious false allegations as well.

    • 5566hh

      They use those in China as well, at least in some schools

  • Rick in China

    The positive side of this is that it’s far less likely, I’d think, for teachers to do things like…….what, smack students around – throw them out of windows – all the other crazy shit that seems to happen occasionally in classrooms here that I can’t really remember but feel goes on.

    I’m not entirely clear what freedoms this is supposed to limit – Children aren’t ‘free’ at school, just as employees are not ‘free’ at work.

    • mr.wiener

      Now… when will they be wearing mandatory pain collars?

    • Irvin

      Since when has group environment ever prevented people from doing crazy shit? Rape becomes orgy, theft becomes organized crime, crazy nut believing in crazy shit becomes religion, crazy nut believe in racial purity become nazies.

      Being in a group just make the shit bigger.

      • Probotector

        Especially a group of 1.3 billion

        • BBM

          If a group of 1.3 billion start doing crazy shit, I doubt any other smaller groups won’t have a problem with that.

    • Probotector

      Yeah because, students and kiddies are always innocent, and the teacher is always wrong and never suffers abuse, right?

    • Surfeit

      Arbeit Macht Frei…

  • They aren’t going to teach themselves.
    Shouldn’t the teacher be in the room WITH the students?

    • Stefan

      On the pictures there is a teacher in the classroom.

      But in the teachers room it’s teachers that sit in their offices preparing for future lessons and correcting assignments or tests. A teacher usually have 2-3 classes to teach per day. A teacher once told me it can take up to 10 hours to plan a lesson.

      • ESL Ninja

        Hahahahahaha! I have worked in Chinese public schools and I can safely say that I have never ever seen a Chinese teacher doing any kind of preparation besides flicking through the books.

        If it is taking anyone 10 hours to plan for one class then that says more about how retarded the teacher is than how well they are preparing.

        • David

          While most lessons do not take 10 hours to prepare, some do (if you are creating specialized materials for your class for instance). In addition you must organize grades, correct assignments or homework and prepare and correct test. There are many thing to do during the 5 or 6 periods a day when you are not actually teaching. Are some teachers lazy? Of course. Like any other job there are good teachers who take time to prepare good lessons and there are bad teachers who spend their free time surfing the web. Teachers are also often required to do other duties like monitor the cafeteria, tutor during study halls, be a home room teacher or other administrative tasks that are part of their job.

        • Ken Morgan

          Maybe not 10 hours. However in the UK when you’re teaching classes where the individuals are paying £200 an hour EVERYTHING has to be perfect. An friend worked with the football clubs in Manchester. Their international players needed top quality teaching V and D would spend hours poring over materials which were most effective. The most I’ve earned is £55/h teaching ACCA and by god those classes have to be top notch and PERFECT.

  • Dolph Grunt

    Honestly, I just look at the story and say “Meh.” I worked as a teacher in China for 2 years, just for the experience. And wow, what an experience it was. The schools I worked at cared 0% about the children’s behavior, 0% about school safety, 0% about challenged students… 100% about homework and tests.

    As soon as the bell rang, 90% of the teachers would run to their office and turn off their senses. See nothing, hear nothing… It really painted a black picture of Chinese education for me.

    So, good for them for monitoring. Honestly, though, I doubt it will make a difference.

  • Amused

    Well now they can indoctrinate them even earlier into being used to having authority watch them all the time

  • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

    Big Brother is watching. So you better not be doodling kids!

  • AbC

    Fuss about nothing really… Makes not an ounce of difference.

  • Am I looking at a factory or a school

  • Probotector

    ” those students who were once standing guard in the back can now be relieved of their duties”

    Chinese classroom mentality for many Chinese is often pathetic and cliche. The basketball jocks sit at the back (how original) and the dorks are always at the front. Why can’t someone in the back also be a good student? Also, I love how they sit at the back and then complain they can’t see the board. Then there’s the whole, ‘I didn’t think to bring a notebook and a pen, or even my glasses, that I require just to see where I’m going to class with me’. Instead of draconian spying, how about teach them how to be responsible students?

    • Alex Dương

      Chinese classroom mentality for many Chinese is often pathetic and
      cliche. The basketball jocks sit at the back (how original) and the
      dorks are always at the front. Why can’t someone in the back also be a
      good student?

      Aren’t you implicitly acknowledging that this is no different outside of China with “how original” and “cliche”?

    • Kai

      What basketball jocks?

    • FYIADragoon

      Always hard for me to view them as jocks when contact basketball (‘street ball’) seems to scare them shitless. Feels like they belong in the WNBA.

      • Alex Dương
        • FYIADragoon

          In all fairness that is their (that duo) shtick. Pussies like that usually get shat on by fans. Not pleased that there are players doing this though.

      • “Contact Basketball” – is that like Rugby or something?

        • FYIADragoon

          It’s when you don’t pussy out and call foul every time someone scrapes you. You play through anything but blatant misconduct. It’s the way that Americans normally play the game in amateur settings.

  • commander

    It may be more like students monitor their home teachers in an office adjacent to their classrooms, not teachers keep an eye on their students about whether they make a scene or pull a nasty prank in classroom.

  • Surfeit

    No winners here.

  • arterius2

    because they are ‘cold’, for Chinese it is considered cold anything below 25 degrees celcius.

    • Kai

      It’s currently 4-17 degrees C in Handan, Hebei, and a lot of schools in China aren’t constantly climate controlled. I’d probably wear what they’re wearing. The students’ school uniforms doesn’t seem to be very thick either. They look like ordinary track outfits.

      • In the middle of summer in sweltering heat they still wear long pants and jumpers. It’s as if to be Chinese you have to have the circulatory system of a 2 pack a day smoker and sniffle at anything below 25 degrees for sure.

  • FYIADragoon

    Don’t bother coming to school if you’re not going to study. Save yourself and the teacher some time and energy. I support this.

  • this is nothing. there’s a small trend happening where the teacher’s desk is located at the rear of the class, facing the back of students’ heads which is the way lessons are conducted.

    as reported, this way the teacher can cut down on horseplay and cheating, while students are supposed to concentrate better

    and, this cuts down on the anxiety of the teacher who before was faced with the stress if performing a lesson to the class