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Beijing Launches Clean-Air Pilot Program in Public Schools

By Chen Shaoyuan and Li Rongde
A student plays basketball during a hazy day in Liaocheng,Shandong province, on Dec. 23, 2015. Education authorities in Beijing have picked 13 primary schools for a pilot program in which classrooms will get ventilation system to fight smog. Photo: IC
A student plays basketball during a hazy day in Liaocheng,Shandong province, on Dec. 23, 2015. Education authorities in Beijing have picked 13 primary schools for a pilot program in which classrooms will get ventilation system to fight smog. Photo: IC

(Beijing) — Education authorities in Beijing have launched a pilot program to install smog-filtering ventilation systems in classrooms at public kindergartens (preschools) plus primary and middle schools amid pressure from parents as air pollution in the Chinese capital worsens.

Authorities in Haidian, a popular school district in northwest Beijing, have randomly picked 13 schools and kindergartens for the trial, according to a person briefed on the plan.

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