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China Punishes 27 Officials Over ‘Ugly’ School Textbook Drawings

  • Education ministry says illustrations portrayed wrong morals
  • Communist Party is deepening its control over schools texts
The illustrations of the second volume of the fourth-grade math textbook for primary schools published by People's Education Press.

The illustrations of the second volume of the fourth-grade math textbook for primary schools published by People's Education Press.

Photographer: CFOTO/Future Publishing/Getty Images

China has punished more than two dozen education officials over a series of math textbooks drawings that an investigation found portrayed the nation’s children as “ugly.”

The Ministry of Education said in a statement on Monday that some 27 officials from the state-owned publisher had been reprimanded or dismissed over illustrations that had “fallen short of the fundamental requirements of moral education.”