Schools provided free internet access

The Department of Education and Training in Ho Chi Minh City said that most of schools in the city will get free-of-charge high speed internet connection and specific software for management and teaching.

The Department of Education and Training said that only in the first six month of the year, the city has spent VND1,324 billion (US$62,229,079) for upgrading and building 1,361 new classrooms.

22 preschools were built in 12 industrial parks and export processing zones on the area of 46,500 meter square to meet workers’ demand of taking care of their children during working hours. These preschools have received 5,500 children of workers.

In addition, the city has exempted VND52 billion (US$2,444,001) tuition fees for children from low-income families in 2013. It is estimated that the amount will exceed to VND79 billion (US$3,713,000) in 2014.

Moreover, the Department of Education and Training’s project for illiteracy eradication which was submitted to the People’s Committee was approved with the expected expense of more than VND220 billion (US$10,383,985).

The department asked school managers to improve teaching quality. Now, classes will be taught in a more open, idea-based lecture format where students will be more actively participate and ask questions.

Especially the department banned sending before school -age children to grade 1 classes. Teachers of first grade are not allowed to evaluate students with marks.

By Thu Tam - Translated by Anh Quan

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