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01/26/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

China Admits Construction Failings

BEIJING -- Government officials have acknowledged in the most definitive report since the devastating earthquake in Sichuan Province in May that many school buildings across the country are poorly constructed and that 20 percent of primary schools in one southwestern province may be unsafe, according to a description of the report published by the state media Friday.

The Ministry of Education report is a rare government admission of substandard school construction. The issue has been a sensitive one since the earthquake, which killed 88,000 people, many of them children crushed in the rubble of shoddily built schools.

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