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Are You Being Followed by “the Man” ? (3)- What Kind of Job is “Security Information Personnel” at China School?

Posted by Author on March 19, 2010

He Qinglian, Chinese author and economist, via, Mar. 17, 2010- (cont’d)

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3. What Kind of Job is “Security Information Personnel” at School?

Here is a rough description of the system.

a. The school selects some “politically reliable” students who, once they hear some “politically incorrect” comments from teachers or students, will report them to the related office in school administration.  For example, the “Security Information Team” established by Economy and Trade College in Qingdao Technological University has “two students in each class, one male one female. “ They must be student Party members or student cadre. Their prime responsibility is to report the “insecure elements” in their classes and dormitories, including the behavior of some “special students” and the content of some teachers’ lectures.

b. The Information Personnel job is a paid position. The amount they are paid varies in different schools. It could be very low. For example, at Jilin University each informer, if he or she makes twenty reports, he or she can get a 120 Chinese yen reimbursement for his or her books. So each report is worth six yen, which is less than one US dollar. Students from poor families still want to take the job. For instance, Dezhou Institute in Shandong Province has offered their students extracurricular job opportunities to have them work as “Security Information Personnel.”

c. A Security Personnel who does a good job can secure favorable consideration from the school in terms of grading and political advancement. One striking characteristic of such rules of terror is that the Security Personnel are allowed to report incidents based merely on rumor. They are not asked to authenticate the information. This, along with the number of reports affecting the rate of pay, makes many of the personnel create “information” out of nowhere in exchange for the reward, risking the well-being of their teachers and classmates.

In some schools, the “Security Personnel” team is incredibly large. Take for example, the Xi’an Technology University, which received the title of “Peaceful University of Shanxi Province”, jointly given by the Comprehensive Administration Office of Shanxi Province, the Department of Education, and the Department of Public Security. There are 2,627 Security Personnel among the students. In addition, among the staff and faculty members, 65 have been ascribed to be Special Information Personnel. The total number of undergraduates, graduates and three-year college students is 23,404; the number of staff and faculty is 2,326. Consequently, there is one Security Personnel in every ten students or fewer. For every 35 staff and faculty, there is one informer.

Perhaps in no other country in the entire the world can you find universities or colleges like China’s, which turns college, a place for imparting knowledge and nurturing intellectuals, into sites of spies, eroding the soul of the youngsters by encouraging the shameless behavior of “reporting”. (to be cont’d)

– From Secret China , Original Chinese article from Author’s website

Are You Being Followed by “the Man” ? (1) – Informer Is Everywhere in China
Are You Being Followed by “the Man” ? (2)- Schools Have Become Sites of the Spies

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