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Wary parents to scrutinise additional school charges

Update: October, 05/2013 - 10:35
A pilot project proposed by the Ha Noi Education and Psychology Association aims to prevent schools from illegally collecting extra fees.— File Photo

HA NOI (VNS)— A pilot project proposed by the Ha Noi Education and Psychology Association aims to prevent schools from illegally collecting extra fees.

Under the project, a council within each school will decide whether to charge for materials from water to exam papers, as well as fee amounts.

Each council will have seven to nine members, all parents or representatives from local social organisations such as veterans and the elderly.

"Normally, all fees are set by schools. But under this project, schools will need signatures from this council if they want to use the money contributed by parents, and this council must take responsibility if they overspend," said Nguyen Tung Lam, the association chairman.

Vu Thi Ly, whose child attends Tan Mai primary school in Hoang Mai District, said the project was "such a good idea" and hoped it would "reduce the financial burden carried by parents every school year."

The programme deserves public support because it will help parents know whether fees are spent correctly, said Le Ngoc Quang, vice director of the city's Department of Education and Training.

The project is scheduled to be piloted at five public schools in Hoang Mai District starting this month before it is implemented citywide next year.

Nguyen Thi Hue, director of the Hoang Mai Center for Continuing Education, one of the institutes chosen to pilot the project, told Dan tri online newspaper that it was necessary to make school administrators understand that the council establishment would be a source of assistance rather than trouble.

"The council will help schools reach agreements with parents and provide financial transparency as well as a better quality education," she said. — VNS

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