Haø Noäi’s top schools fac­ing tough times

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HAØ NOÄI — Some of Haø Noäi’s top schools are finding it dif­fi­cult to fill their class­rooms, ac­cord­ing to

(Van­guard) news­pa­per. A sur­vey from the news­pa­per re­vealed there are 17 high-qual­ity schools in the city now, in­clud­ing 12 pub­lic schools.

Ac­cord­ing to Leâ Thò Thanh Phöông, prin­ci­pal of Saøi Ñoàng Pri­mary School in Long Bieân Dis­trict, the school was built to ac­com­mo­date up to 750 stu­dents.

How­ever, it still only has 453 stu­dents af­ter be­ing open for three years.

Cur­rently, tu­ition fees for first and sec­ond graders are VNÑ3.6 mil­lion (US$155) per month and third, fourth and fifth graders VNÑ3.2 mil­lion ($138) per month. The num­ber is about VNÑ 4.7 mil­lion ($202) per month for stu­dents on in­ter­na­tional co- op­er­a­tion train­ing pro­grammes.

Al­though the school was high qual­ity, it still failed to at­tract enough stu­dents.

This was be­cause that there were many well-known pri­vate schools in the dis­trict, Phöông said.

She also claimed as her school was brand new, some par­ents were re­luc­tant to send their chil­dren there.

Phöông said there were three fac­tors for at­tract­ing stu­dents, namely fa­cil­i­ties, the ed­u­ca­tion pro­gramme and the qual­ity of grad­u­ate stu­dents.

In terms of fa­cil­i­ties, her school was newly-built so it was up to snuff, she said.

How­ever, the prob­lem was with the ed­u­ca­tion pro­gramme and the grad­u­ate stu­dents be­cause it would take years to prove both the ef­fec­tive­ness of the ed­u­ca­tion pro­gramme and the qual­ity of grad­u­ates, she added.

The high tu­ition fees added to the problems, she said.

An­other prin­ci­pal of a high­qual­ity school said the most dif­fi­cult prob­lem was how to bal­ance fi­nances when a high- qual­ity school be­came fi­nan­cially au­ton­o­mous. The fi­nan­cial re­sources of the school would de-

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