HCMC’s Schools Collect Unreasonable Tuition Fees

100% of the seven inspected schools in Ho Chi Minh City have violated ethical principles in collecting exorbitant fees for tuition and other services, according to the chief inspector of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Education and Training Nguyen Van Nam.

Some schools imposed unreasonable fees on standard services such as water, practice classes for main subjects, native teachers for English classes, and periodical health check-ups and others.

The schools asked students to pay a monthly tuition fee, instead of a term-based tuition. As day-boarders, they were required to pay money for extra services including lunches, examination papers, and extra English classes for the whole year instead of each semester.

Additionally, some schools imposed unreasonable fees on standard services such as water, practice classes for main subjects, native teachers for English classes, and periodical health check-ups.

The department’s inspectors also found that money collected from the Parents’ Association was not given voluntarily. The Parents’ Association had no comment on their contributions to the schools. 

The inspective delegation required the schools to refund the unreasonable fees to the student and their families.

By Hg.L – Translated by Kim Khanh

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