According to a Mainland media report, on December 1, China’s Harbin Institute of Technology recently switched to online learning and even chartered planes to send students home.

The prestigious Tsinghua University has informed students about taking a winter holiday in advance or switching to online learning and urged students to return to their hometowns.

RFA cited sources from students in Shanghai and Sichuan, which pointed out that the Chinese Ministry of Education convened an emergency meeting of party secretaries and principals of colleges and universities across the country on November 27. The outcome requires all universities to seriously prevent their students from connecting.

Communication expert Li revealed that the Ministry of Education requires universities to “do a good job of ideological teaching for students” and take actions to “guide students,” including asking students to return to their hometowns to have early (Lunar) New Year celebrations.

Harbin Institute of Technology has also launched a package of planes and trains to provide students with drop-off services to help them return home. The report said that students follow a voluntary principle when they return home and still need to study online after returning home. The final exam will be arranged for the next semester.

Tsinghua University in China will open 12 free transportation lines from November 29 to help students return home early.In addition to Tsinghua University, other universities have begun asking students to return home. Some have even issued a “no one allowed to stay” order.

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