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Officials oppose changing school hours to ease traffic

Update: February, 11/2012 - 11:49

HCM CITY — Offices should close at 4pm in HCM City to ease the evening traffic jams, but school timings need not be changed, officials agreed at a meeting held on Wednesday to discuss changes to working hours.

"We effected changes to school timings in 2007 and readjusted them last year," Nguyen Van Gia Thuy of the Department of Education and Vocational Training said.

"Right now the classes finish 15 to 30 minutes apart."

What was urgently required at schools was to widen their gates to allow enough space for parents and students to pass through easily, he said.

"Traffic jams outside some schools can be resolved together with local authorities."

He urged the Department of Transport to operate more 12-seater buses to schools because they would "help reduce traffic jams and save time for parents."

Nguyen Van Xe, deputy director of the Department of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs agreed with him, saying "the school timings have proved their effectiveness and don't need to change."

To adjust office hours, he sought more co-operation among departments, companies, and local authorities.

Other suggestions officials put forth to prevent traffic jams in the long term included building more roads and moving hospitals and universities outside the city as already planned. — VNS

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