China's Ministry of Education, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and the State Council Information Office have jointly issued a circular which says that "green" software will be provided to primary and middle schools around the country to help them purify their online environments.
The circular states that the software which has the function of filtering undesirable online content was purchased by central finance agencies and aims to help eliminate undesirable content from the networks used by university and grade-school campus. According to the circular, MIIT will be responsible for installing and downloading the software as well as providing the related services for the schools, but the schools are supposed to update the software in a timely manner to ensure it works well with their respective needs.
The circular states that education departments at various levels should work to strengthen their guidance and management of a secure online environment and designate a special person to be in charge of the implementation of the service. It also asks that the software be installed in all the schools before the end of May 2009.
The circular stresses that education departments at all levels should conduct periodic inspections on the prevention of unhealthy online content in the schools around China.