HCMC puts preschool education top priority

Ho Chi Minh City authority has issued three documents on investment policies for preschool and teachers’ salary. This is one of the city’s moves to show its determination in improving teach quality to kindergarten sector.

HCMC needs more preschool teachers for the new school year (Photo: SGGP)

One of the good policies is that babysitters will be a regular member of the public kindergartens and  it means babysitters will receive earning from state budget like teachers.

In addition, salary of managers and teaching staffs in state-run preschools will be increased by 25 percent depending on their job.

Teachers’ earning will be surged by 35 percent. Newly graduated teachers will be financially supported.

Preschool education investors who plan to build new facilities are eligible for a loan without interest within 15 years.

This is the first year that HCMC has placed preschool education top priority as Hua Ngoc Thuan, deputy chairman of the municipal People’s Committee, said that the city’s population increases drastically; accordingly though the city allocates VND5 trillion (US$ 235,960,358) per year to build more 1,500 classrooms, it can not still meet the increasing demand.

Trinh Ngoc Thach, Deputy Head of the National Assembly Committee for Culture, Education, Youth, Adolescents and Children appraised the city’s new policies and instructions to preschools.

Currently, the city lacks around 2,000 preschool teachers. It is scheduled to supplement more for the new academic year 2015-2016 newly graduated students is just around 1,567; as a result, the still suffer shortage of teachers in kindergartens.

By Thu Tam - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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