College ordered to revise student internships at Foxconn factory

College ordered to revise student internships at Foxconn factory

The education authority in Shaanxi province has ordered a college that sent student interns to Foxconn to revise its cooperation agreement with the company to better protect students.

Hui Chaoyang, director of the provincial education department, said the department has found problems with the management of the work experience activities of Xi'an Technological University's North Institute of Information Engineering.

They alleged the college forced students to take internships in one of the Taiwan-based electronics giant's factories in Yantai, Shandong province. Some interns were made to work overtime on the assembly line.

Hui said the college did not offer other work experience options for students.

Some of the work was not in line with the objectives of the students' professional training, Hui said. For instance, students majoring in finance and accounting were also put to work on assembly lines.

The official added that some students were also required to work much harder than expected.

The college decided on Sunday to suspend its cooperation agreement with Foxconn and around 1,000 students working for the factory will return to school by Wednesday, said Zhang Jun'an, president of the college.

Zhang said the school started cooperating with Foxconn's Yantai plant in 2010 and has sent students there every summer vacation.

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