SGGP’s stories on overcrowded city school spur official action

Following Sai Gon Giai Phong’s stories about a ridiculously overcrowded school in Ho Chi Minh City, local authorities promised to resolve the problem immediately by transferring children to another school and opening a temporary one.

An Hoi learners study at a makeshift classroom in Pham Van Chieu Junior School (Photo: SGGP)

At a meeting held by the Department of Education and Training November 4, the Go Vap District People’s Committee said around 1,000 kids would be transferred from An Hoi Primary School to Luong The Vinh School.

The former has 103 classes and more than 5,300 students, three times the number allowed by rules.

But the heads of both schools were unhappy with the decision and said it could affect the transferred psychologically since they would have to leave their friends behind and other problems such as parents’ contributions to schools.

District authorities promised to begin construction of a new school, Lam Son, and have it ready for the next academic year.

Head of Go Vap’s Education and Training Bureau, Dang Thanh Tuan, then said only students living near Luong The Vinh would be transferred with a makeshift school set up for some of the other children.

The department’s deputy chief, Nguyen Hoai Chuong, said the district must resolve the problem by the end of the first semester in December.

The district plans to seek the help of the city Party Committee and People’s Committee to obtain sites for schools.

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By L.Linh , translated by Uyen Phuong

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