City’s Children Happy with Hundreds of New Schools to be Built in 2008

The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Education and Training has plans to build 252 new schools this year in all districts with the cost of more than VND400 billion (US$2.5 million).

Students play football at newly-built Ngo Quyen High School in District 7

On Saturday, deputy chairman of the HCMC People’s Committee Nguyen Thi Thu Ha chaired a meeting to assess the results of the department’s task of building schools in 2007.

Mr. Huynh Cong Minh, director of the department reported to her that the Offices of Education and Training in Districts 4, 8, 9 and Nha Be are in the final phase of the paperwork for school construction to enable them to submit it to the relevant authorities for consideration and approval soon.

Districts such as Go Vap and Can Gio are compiling the necessary documents and will submit them to the relevant authorities for consideration and approval by March 2008.

As for the assessment of the building of new schools for 2007, Mr. Minh reported that 307 schools, worth an estimated VND685 billion, were scheduled for completion in 2007.  Of these 21 schools are still under construction and will be finished this year.

By Hong Lien – Translated by Phuong Lan

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