On February 26, XU Zhiyong, handed out leaflets at Beijing Metro, calling citizens to gather together at the Beijing Education Bureau on Feb 28, 2013, to campaign for the equal right to education for migrant workers’ children in Beijing.
According to the Chinese Constitution, all citizens have the right and duty to education. However, in Beijing, where millions of migrant workers work, their children do not have the right to take university entrance exams in Beijing, but in places where their hukou (house registration ) are. Children who follow their parents to Beijing have to return to their villages to take the exams, and where they have less chance of going to universities since most universities locate in big cities and set higher quota to admit local students.
There has been calling for reforming the university entry system that students shall have the right to take university entrance exams at the place of their study but not where their register hukou. In more than 30 provinces in China, hukou is not a requirement for taking university entrance exam any more. However Beijing remains unchanged.
Xu’s campaign is to call for the separation of binding the university entrance exam with the hukou system. The following is some translation from twitter following what happened with him and the campaign.
Feb 26, 2013
Tengxu (a Chinese microblog) Shanmuge: Dr XU Zhiyong hands out cards at the metro entry, invites 8 million residents living in Beijing but without Beijing hukou to ask for a one day leave on Feb 28 to petition at the Beijing City Education Bureau. #2.28 ASK FOR ONE DAY LEAVE
[History is happening] If you can not walk in front, please follow the team in procession; if you do not want to follow the team, please stand on the roadside and cheer for us; if you do not want to stand on the street, please shout for us on the Internet; if none of these you can do, please close your eyes and pray for our safety and wait for the rights that we have been struggling for.
Feb 27 , 2013
Just now, security police knocked my door and asked who handed the cards out. I did, sometimes helped by volunteers. Asked if I can cancel the ‘228 ASK FOR ONE DAY LEAVE’ activity. No, the more participants the better. The system of university entrance exam based on house registration must be abolished. I am willing to bear any cost for that.A few security polices were in our corridor. For three years, for each Equal Right to Education activity, I was abridged of my freedom, a few times was abducted to hotels, no food provided the longest time is more than 50 hours. In May this year, tens of thousands of middle school children will be forced to leave their parents and become left-behind children. Their parents have been fighting together with me for three years. We have no way back.滕彪
Dr XU Zhiyong was taken away by two police officers from his Beijing home just now.
I am home now, another illegal restraint of my freedom. Because I handed out ‘little advertisement’ (campaign cards) and organizing ‘228 Ask for One Day Leave’. I proposed and organized it and I am willing to bear any legal responsibility Thanks for all’s concern and support!
February 28, 2013Linguowang: Feb 28, 2013, at about 13:56, parents having lunch in open air, were taken away on two buses. About 70 parents were taken to a dining hall of Beijing City Construction Company, near the Forestry University on Yiqing South Road. Now each is accompanied by a police officer making written records. #Beijing228#