Min­istry told to make sure schools don't over­charge

Viet Nam News - - NATIONAL -

— 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 peo­ple’s com­mit­tees to quickly bring the sit­u­a­tion un­der con­trol.

Leâ Thu Haø, of Haø Noäi’s 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 Noäi’s 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 city’s 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/.—

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