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City kindergartens need funding aid

Update: April, 18/2014 - 09:20

Around 80 per cent of kindergarten students in the city attend private ones.— Photo 24h

HCM CITY (VNS) — HCM City should provide financial and other support to private kindergartens too, city officials said at a meeting on Wednesday.

Officials from the Department of Finance, who met with People's Council members, said the city provides a subsidy of more than VND10 million (US$480) a year for each student in public kindergartens, but at private kindergartens parents have to pay all the fees themselves.

Dao Thi Huong Lan, the director of the department, said direct subsidies for private kindergartens would cost the city an estimated VND1 trillion ($47 million) this year, an amount hard to raise currently.

So there should be indirect support for them, she said.

She suggested that the city could extend their loan terms, waive or reduce land fees for them, and offer free training for teachers at private kindergartens.

While the Government announced the payment of an allowance for private kindergarten teachers around the country from last year, it has yet to be paid at least in the city.

Around 80 per cent of kindergarten students in the city attend private ones. — VNS

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