The school of three
CHONGQING (CQNEWS) -- Xiazhuang Village is a village in "Tiankeng", located in Zhuxian Town, Wushan County, Chongqing. In the past, there was no primary school in the village, and the teacher had to lead the children to have classes in the villagers' home in turn due to the lack of classroom. In 1995, the people of Xiazhuang built a primary school in the village by themselves. Later, with the support of government departments, the primary school has been renovated and expanded and it can accommodate nearly 100 students. However, as time has changed, now, there is only one teacher who have held fast to this school for 41 years and two students. This is a school of only 3 people now.
Zhang Zeyan, 57, is a native of Xiazhuang, whose father is an old teacher in the village. At the age of 16, Zhang finished high school in Luoping Town and returned to Xiazhuang to teach students under his father's influence. At that time, the villagers were busy working in the fields. Zhang Zeyan, still a youth, had to teach more than 50 children at most. In his own words, he was like "both a father and a mother".
Today, the primary school in Xiazhuang is much better than that in the past. The classroom is bright, the playground is spacious, and there are also computers and other equipment. As more and more young people go out for work and take their children out to study, there are fewer and fewer students in the village. Now, there are only two students in the primary school.