Restrooms repurposed as dormitories for students in Guizhou
The public restrooms on each floor of the dormitory are turned into sleeping quarters in No. 15 Middle School in Tongren, Guizhou province.(Photo/Beijing Youth Daily)
Students at the No. 15 Middle School in Tongren, Guizhou province lodged a formal complaint on Aug. 19 after the public restrooms on each floor of their dormitory were turned into sleeping quarters. The creative solution was necessary because the school unintentionally recruited too many freshmen.
A reporter from Beijing Youth Daily interviewed a concerned student on Aug. 19. The student explained that the renovation was started on Aug. 17. No one has yet moved into the "bathroom dormitories." Meanwhile, each dormitory still has its own private restroom, but the renovated public bathrooms were also heavily used in previous years.
The student told the reporter that the new dormitories are still quite smelly from when they were bathrooms. However, the school issued a notification in response, reminding students that the arrangement is temporary, and that they are there to study, not enjoy themselves. The student said that three classmates who were assigned to the renovated domitory have instead rented rooms outside the school.
From photos provided by the students, it's clear that the toilets were simply filled with cement.
A school official emphasized to the reporter that it is just a temporary arrangement. In the future, the official explained, all the students will be accomodated in a new dormitory building. However, that building is still under construction.