4 teachers, 4 students left at tiny Bei Gang Island’s Elementary School

On the island tiny of Bei Gang, Haikou, the once thriving elementary school is home now to only four students and four teachers.

These days, supplies in the school are limited, classrooms are empty, but while staff have come and gone over the years a core team of teachers still remain.

Bei gang Island Elementary school Hainan Island China (3)
Mr. Zhou is the longest-serving teacher and also the principal at the school

The longest-serving teacher and also the principal at the school is Mr. Zhou, 46, who has been teaching at the school ever since he graduated in 1994. He teaches both Chinese and Math and also lives in the school. 

Bei gang Island Elementary school Hainan Island China (4)
Over the years, the numbers of students studying at the school has dwindled.

Over the years, the numbers of students studying at the school have become fewer and fewer, those that remain here today are all from local fishing families on the island.

Bei gang island, Hainan, China
Most students travel off the island for schooling

Most of the other children from Bei Gang now travel off the island for their studies, taking the 10 minute ferry to Puqian town every morning, returning in the late evening. 

Bei gang Island Elementary school Hainan Island China (5)
The student, teacher ratio is 1:4

This doesn’t mean that the children are at a disadvantage for their education however, the teachers we met were dedicated, conscientious and at a ratio of 1 to 4, the students have perhaps one of the best teacher to student ratios in all of China.

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