HCM CITY — District 10 has become HCM City's first locality to achieve the target of sending all five-year-old children to school.
It has been possible since it has met all the conditions required for this. For instance, all pre-school teachers have the required qualifications while all schools have enough classrooms, rooms for arts education, kitchens, toilets, playgrounds, and standard chairs and tables.
Phan Van Dong, head of the District 10 Education and Training Bureau, told Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon) that the most difficult task in universalising pre-school education was ensuring there were adequate schools and facilities, and District 10 achieved by building new kindergartens and upgrading many existing ones.
The task of managing enrolment was also a problem for many districts, but District 10 managed it since it had experience in universalising primary and secondary education, he said.
Every year the teachers responsible for universalising education and education officials worked with officials managing residential area in the district's 15 wards to survey children aged below five and persuade their parents to let them go to school, he said.
Children from disadvantaged families were offered assistance to ensure they attend school, he said, adding children with disabilities were provided with special education.
Nguyen Thi Dieu Anh, deputy chairwoman of the district People's Committee, said: "Besides investing in school facilities and training of teachers, surveying, propagating, and ensuring five-year-olds attend school are also prerequisites for universalising pre-school education."
The plan also needed co-operation between various agencies and a positive response from parents of five-year-olds, she said.
The city hopes to universalise pre-school education by June this year while the Government plans to achieve it nationwide by 2015. — VNS