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Students begin new semester in Zhouqu

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Primary and middle school students in Zhouqu County in northwestern province of Gansu Province are back in school. They began a new semester on Wednesday after a 10-day delay caused by the devastating mudslide.

In the morning a simple opening ceremony was held by the local education department.

CCTV reporter Wang Chunxiao said, "On August 25th, over 100-thousand students went back to school, some were transferred to nearby schools, others remained in local schools."

More than three-thousand Students of Number One High School, the only senior high, will attend their classes in Lanzhou and Dingxi cities, due to the heavy damage suffered by the local school.

Police from the Gansu Transport Police Corps gave pupils lessons on traffic safety. In addition, mental counseling and moral education were also undertaken.

Liu Dongjiang, Headmaster, No.1 Primary School, said, "Some students are suffering after losing their families. If mental counseling and behavior modification is not provided to the pupils in time, some of them may have difficulties studying and moving on."

The devastating mudslides on August 8th claimed more than 14-hundred lives. Three-hundred-and-18 people are still missing. Some students and teachers were killed in the mudslide. The reopening of school is an important event for students in Zhouqu as they consider it necessary to continue their education.

Primary school students line up to get their new textbooks in the landslide-hit Zhouqu County, northwest China's Gansu Province, Aug. 24, 2010. Primary school students in Zhouqu report to their school on Tuesday, the students not only got their new textbooks but also a new school bag filled with stationery and some daily necessities. The schoolbags were prepared by the Ministry of Education and distributed to the students for free. (Xinhua/Liang Qiang)
Primary school students line up to get their new textbooks in the landslide-hit 
Zhouqu County, northwest China's Gansu Province, Aug. 24, 2010. Primary school 
students in Zhouqu report to their school on Tuesday, the students not only got 
their new textbooks but also a new school bag filled with stationery and some 
daily necessities. The schoolbags were prepared by the Ministry of Education 
and distributed to the students for free. (Xinhua/Liang Qiang)

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