Imagine classes at a University were suspended for the sole purpose of freeing up students to work on the iPhone 5. That’s what dozens of are claiming is taking place in Huai’an in Jiangsu Province, a student from the Huaiyin Institute of Technology claims that 200 students have been driven to the Foxconn factory after the plant couldn’t find enough workers for the production of Apple’s iPhone 5.
The students are meant to have been working on the new smartphone since last Thursday and are being paid 1,550 yuan (US$243.97) a month for a six day work week.
Several other students from at least five colleges are backing up what she said, claiming that they were being forced to work 12 hour work days.
Dozens of students have come forward about the injustice even though they potentially face repercussions with their school, as several are reporting that the school would punish them if they left the factory. Tianxiagong is a NGO focused on policy advocacy regarding social issues who has been looking to help students take legal action against their school. However, many students have refused because they fear the schools will not allow them to graduate.
Teachers at the schools have confirmed that classes have been suspended for the next month or two. China National Radio also reported that the school claimed that the internships were a compulsory course for students to “experience working conditions and promote individual ability”.
Like in most countries it is common for students to be sent to large companies for internships, but the Huai’an Education Bureau was unaware that programs that were common during the summer had continued into the new semester.
The iPhone 5 is rumored to be hitting the streets in the US on September 21st.
Via Shanghai Daily