Death of a Benevolent Principal

We hear a lot of ‘bad news’ all the time – from everywhere.

Yet there are so many stories of the good side of human nature, like this unassuming principal from Guangxi, in China’s south-west.

High school principal Mo Zhengao helped impoverished students to attend school. He was 59 years old when he died on March 9th, 2015.


Funeral for Principal Mo in Guangxi

Unlike many western countries, teachers are highly respected in China. Yet this principal went above and beyond the call of duty. One student recalled wanting to treat his principal to a dinner in gratitude for his help, but Principal Mo refused, saying the money could be better spent helping other students. Others recalled  that he would personally walk to the villages of students who left school due to poverty, and bring them back to complete their education, at his own cost.

Principal Mo was known as “Principal Dad” by many of his students, due to his caring nature. He took poor students from the countryside under his care, paid for their education, and supported them till they graduated and went off to university ( which is not easy in China, due to the steep competition, and even harder for people from the countryside). Wreaths in the entire county were sold out on the day of his funeral. People (his ex-students and their families) came from as far away as Shanghai, Beijing, and Guangzhou to attend.

Mourners at Principal Mo Zhengao’s funeral.

On Sina Weibo and Wechat, internet and popular mobile apps, this story became one of the most viewed. This man’s generosity has touched a nation. Netizens made comments such as Principal Mo, may you rest in peace.