Chinese school gives pork as scholarship prize

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Beijing, Feb 27 (IANS) Authorities of a middle school in China’s Zhejiang province gave students pork as a scholarship prize, a media report said on Saturday.

Shiqiaotou Middle School in Wenling city awarded 45 “excellent students” with “scholarships” during a new school term ceremony. The first prize winners each received 2.5 kg of pork, while second prize winners got 1.5 kg, Xinhua news agency reported.

It is the third year that the school has distributed pork scholarships, according to Wu Guanghui, the school head master.

“We usually give out the meat before Chinese Lunar New Year, but this year we delayed it as the school closed much earlier than normal because of the weather,” Wu said.

According to Yang, a teacher at the school, 84 kg of pork was distributed.

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“Our first prize scholarship is 50 yuan ($7), but we changed to pork of the same value,” Wu said, adding “Just imagine — an entire family can sit together and eat the meat won by their children, they must be proud.”

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