Students in Shanghai have been told they can pass an essential swimming test — remotely from home.
Prospective graduates have been advised that strict Covid lockdown rules prevent them from going to a public swimming pool – so they can do it online instead.
Many have vowed to swim the 50-meter pool in their tub and submit video footage to prove it.
The University of Shanghai said the bizarre course was designed to “ensure the graduation process runs smoothly” in a post on the school’s website, which has now been removed.
China’s leading universities want students to master swimming — what they consider an essential skill, the South China Morning Post reports.
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But because they couldn’t complete the survival skill while incarcerated, the students were asked to complete a “Basic Theory of Swimming Test.”
The strange claim was widely ridiculed after it went viral on the Chinese social media platform Weibo, with more than 120 million views.
Weibo users said it was “embarrassing” for such a “renowned university” to ask for a theory exam about swimming.
One joked, “Should the students swim in their bathtub?”
Other users posted jokes pretending to “dive” and “swim” in their bedrooms wearing goggles and a bathing suit.
It came less than a week before Shanghai ended its draconian lockdown, with authorities building cages around houses and relocating entire neighborhoods.
In late April, residents saw a cordon break in a desperate attempt to get food and supplies amid what has been called the world’s strictest lockdown so far.
Footage shows crowds racing for food and medical supplies, while 26 million people are locked out with China being once again gripped by a wave of Covid that is spreading through the population.
People were seen pushing toward a broken barrier and past officials dressed in personal protective equipment.
A few days later, horrific videos surfaced showing giant green garbage bags filled with cats and dogs amid official fears that pets would spread the virus.
The horrible clip shows huge garbage bags sitting on the side of the curb as live cats roam inside.
The video was first shared on Twitter with the caption: “26 million people in lockdown in Shanghai.
“People commit suicide from their balconies and pets of people who test positive for #Covid are collected to be killed and slaughtered in #Shanghai / #China. This is pure evil!”
Another clip released last week showed a health worker beating a pet corgi to death after its owner tested positive for Covid.