Nhan Dan newspaper Deputy Editor – in- Chief Phan Huy Hien said through the Ministry of Education and Training’s studies, the rate of dropout in the Mekong delta in 2017 was still high with 0.45 percent in primary students, 3.26 percent in junior high school students and 3.94 percent in senior high schoolers.
The dropout proportion in the Mekong delta is higher than that in the Central Highland and the Northwest. In rural districts in the delta, it is popular that students quit schools for work to support families.
Poor families can’t afford school fee and this is one of many reasons why parents have no choice but force their children to drop out. For Mekong Delta poor homes, education takes a back seat.
To help keeping students in schools, the newspaper’s scholarship awarding program “Quy hat going Viet” (Fund for Vietnamese seed) is for poor students with good achievements in the school academic year 2017-2018.
This year, some 1,300 needy and good students in 13 Mekong detla provinces were given scholarships each worth VND 3 million sponsored by Lien Viet Commercial Bank.
The scholarship award ceremony was held in the Mekong delta city of Can Tho with the participation of Standing Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh; Politburo member, Secretary of the Party Central Committee (PCC) and head of the PCC’s Communication and Education Commission Vo Van Thuong; Tran Thanh Man, Secretary of the Party Central Committee (PCC) and President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee and representatives from relevant agencies.