Beijing authorities have beefed up the security concerns on reports of school students getting sick after running on tracks and ordered for the inspection of all race tracks in the capital’s schools.
The Beijing’s Municipal Commission of Education which also suspended the construction of new racing tracks of the kind until the circumstances of these cases become clear passed the order on Wednesday, the Global Times reported.
Earlier last month, several students at the Baiyunlu campus of Beijing No. 2 Experimental School in Xicheng district suffered nose bleeds, dizziness and coughing fits after activity on the school athletics track, which it was suspected had emitted hazardous gas.Tests on the track this week, nine months after it was put into use, found excessive amounts of benzene substances and formaldehyde. The track is now covered with a protective coating.
A similar poisoning also witnessed on the playground of a private kindergarten in Beijing’s Fengtai district.
If the city-wide checks detect any problems with school’s tracks and sports fields, these facilities will be made off limits and those who are responsible for shoddy quality will be punished according to law, the commission said.
China’s Ministry of Education has clear requirements for installation of synthetic racetracks in schools. However, the requirements have not been properly implemented due to lax supervision, the ministry added.