Industrial Zones and new urban areas to build preschools

Contractors of new residential areas and industrial zones, as well as export processing zones, have to also build the infrastructure for education and healthcare, the deputy chairwoman of Ho Chi Minh City’s People’s Committee, Nguyen Thi Thu Ha, said recently.

Children at a private preschool in District 5, HCM City (Photo: SGGP)

Mrs Ha said that previously the city, when planning industrial and export processing zones, always asked investors to focus on education and healthcare infrastructure. However, the city lacked supervision and investors had not paid attention to that requirement.

Private preschools account for 50 percent of those in the city, teaching nearly 114,000 children.

The city always creates advantageous conditions for companies to invest in building schools that are suitable with the city’s plan, she said.

Specifically, the city has stimulus packages for education and is willing to assist investors with 100 percent of interest rates for seven years.

To solve the shortage of schools for children with the new school year approaching, the city’s People’s Committee is aiming to build, repair and broaden schools.

Relevant departments should coordinate with districts to focus on quickly solving procedures, compensation and site clearance, as well as disbursement to build schools to meet education demands in the city.

Investors and parents should coordinate with the city’s authorities to discuss current difficulties in education infrastructure, she added.

By Le Linh – Translated by Hong Ha

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