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Quang Ngai to check on expensive school toilets

Update: June, 15/2013 - 10:11

QUANG NGAI (VNS)— The Education and Training Department in central Quang Ngai Province plans to inspect water supplies and toilets in all local schools to prevent wastefulness.

The plan follows the revelation that many schools were building water-supply facilities and toilets costing about half of billion Vietnamese dong.

Long Hiep secondary school in Minh Long District, for example, was reported to have built a 29sq.m-toilet for a total of nearly VND600 million ($28,570).

The projects were built under the sponsorship of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development's programme for clean water and hygiene.

Deputy head of the department Do Van Phu said building costs for each restroom accounted for just one third of the total investment capital.

The remaining money was invested in water supplies, consultancy work, survey and design, he said.

Phu said that any officials found making illegal profits from the construction of the projects would be strictly punished.

"Inspectors will review all process, from design to implementation. Investors will be required to fix any errors found," he said.

The department reported that schools in the province, from pre-school to secondary schools, need 723 clean-water supplies and restrooms.

Local authorities have so far approved 24 projects and 21 have been implemented. — VNS


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