BEIJING -- China's legislature passed an amendment to the country's disaster law requiring tougher building-safety standards for schools, a response to public anger over school collapses in the devastating Sichuan earthquake in May.
The new rules, announced Saturday, take effect in May and require more stringent, earthquake-proof building standards for new schools as well as earthquake-response training for school staff.
The rules require existing school buildings that don't meet the standards to be strengthened, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency.
News of the amendment follows a report by a senior legislator last week that some 2.5% of all China's elementary and middle schools are poorly built, with the vast majority of these schools in China's rural areas. [Read full article]
By Mei Fong