HCMC for compulsory pre-school education

Vice chairman of Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee, Hua Ngoc Thuan, has approved a project to make pre-school education compulsory for five year old children.

Children at a nursery school in HCMC (Photo: SGGP)

The planned project, at an estimated cost of over VND2.7 trillion (US$128 million) will be implemented in the 2010-2015 phase.

According to the plan 100 percent of children will study for full days in nursery schools with a new pre-school syllabus by 2013.

The project also includes building of another 760 new class rooms, improving the current school infrastructure and providing better teaching devices for the compulsory education plan.

The city will give top priority to building six national-standard nursery schools in the outskirts of Can Gio, Nha Be, Binh Chanh, Hoc Mon and Cu Chi Districts.

Twelve more schools will be constructed in 12 wards minus the nursery school, in districts 4, 6, Phu Nhuan, Go Vap, Binh Tan, Tan Phu and areas in the industrial and export processing zones.

The city will also improve the professional skills of over 4,700 nursery teachers and ensure that each class has two teachers to every 30 students. The number of teachers will also be increased. The city has also asked the education department to find ways to lure nursery school teachers and prevent a high turn over.

Moreover, the Department of Education and Training has been asked to work with the city Labor Union to look into the demands of workers in the nursery schools in industrial and export processing zones.

After investigating the complaints, the relevant authorities will send a proposal to the zones to build nursery schools for workers’ children as well as train teachers and management officials in the schools.

By Le Linh – Translated by Ngoc Thanh

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