A Chinese high school has suggested that students schedule their bodily needs around classes.

Toilet time tends to be one aspect of life that remains private and self-regulated, even in the sometimes harshly regimented world of Chinese schools.


But the administrators at Sanmenxia No.1 High School decided that managing nature’s call was too much responsibility for their students. Banners were erected last week advising the student body to sync their bodies to avoid having to leave class to go to the restroom.

“Adjust your body rhythm as soon as possible to completely rule out needing toilet breaks during class” was splashed on red banners across the campus without warning or explanation last Monday morning. The command was roundly met with concern or mockery from the student body.

“It’s so ridiculous that the school supervises their students’ toilet use,” one alumnus said.

But the administrators and teachers at the school defended their draconian decision, claiming that such suggestions are made necessary by student behavior. Students are apparently congregating in the one private space they have left, using it to extend their social interactions beyond quick exchanges in the hall.

“The motive of the banner is good: to remind students to reasonably manage their time. But it is too serious and excludes some special situations such as diarrhea during class,” one teacher claimed.

Overextended student bladders had no comment on the matter.


Rachel is a writer and tutor living in Virginia. She loves learning about other cultures and thinks we’re all a little wacky.