Haø Noäi’s top schools facing tough times
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-