Deputy PM asks to address over-fee collection in schools

Following parents’ complaint about the practice by some schools that collect fees more for supplies than the government requires, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam ordered the Ministry of Education and Training to have measures to address it.

Parents complained that schools have collect VND400,000 (US$18.8) for air conditioners. In addition, parents get angry because schools sell uniforms and ask parents to buy.

Moreover, some schools require different money collection of building toilets, projectors, computers, tables and chairs.

Chairman of Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Le Hoang Quan yesterday approved meal supports for preschoolers who are from low-income families, orphans, disabled children and those in disadvantaged commune Thanh An of HCMC’s Can Gio District.

Each will receive meal support of VND120,000 (US$ 5.65) per month in nine months.

It is estimated that the city will spend total expense of VND180, 360,000 (US$8,505) for 167 preschoolers in an academic year 2014-2015.

By Lam Nguyen – Translated by Uyen Phuong

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