BEIJING, China— A boarding school for orphans in Beijing was shut down during the Chinese National holiday in early October when officials refused to issue a certificate for passing the annual inspection for what teachers claim are religious reasons.
Ms. Yu, a teacher at the faith-based Angel Orphanage, said that the school’s leaders were forced to move the school, which had been in operation in the Fangshan District of Beijing for nine years, to Guangling, Shanxi, when, for unstated reasons, the local government refused to renew the school’s permit. Some teachers only learned of the closing upon returning to work on Oct. 10 after the holiday was over.
“Before the Oct. 1 holiday, our leaders suddenly said that the children must leave, and they brought some students to Guangling, Shanxi,” Yu, said. “Then they went to the education committee to process paperwork for the students’ transfer. When some children arrived in Shanxi, the school still hadn’t found a proper place to stay.”