Ministry told to make sure schools don't overcharge
Deputy Prime Minister Vuõ Ñöùc Ñam has ordered the Ministry of Education and Training to make sure schools don t charge additional fees when the new school year begins.
The move follows reports in the media that parents often had to pay for uniforms each year, even if the existing ones were in good condition.
They could also be asked to pay for building toilets, cleaning classes, drinking water, electricity, class computers - and even desks, seats and class television sets.
Ñam told the ministry to work with peoples committees to quickly bring the situation under control.
Leâ Thu Haø, of Haø Noäis Ba Ñình District, said that on top of tuition fees and lunch fees for her nine-yearold son, she had to pay many other fees, including a class fund, drinking water - and for new uniforms for summer and winter.
Nguyeãn Maïnh Huøng, father of a high school boy in Haø Noäis Xuaân Ñnh Ward, said that the school often collected all the fees at the first meeting with parents at the beginning of a school year.
At the meeting, a teacher would give parents a note setting out all the fees to be paid, he said.
After parents made their payments, teachers immediately took the notes back to avoid unnecessary questions, he said.
In response to the situation, deputy director of the citys Education and Training Department, Phaïm Thò Hoàng Nga, said that the department had set up five teams led by five deputy directors of the department to check on the situation.
Parents can phone complaints to department officials. Their numbers are published in http://hanoiedu.vn/danhba/.