|The Cao Xanh secondary school in central Ha Long Province has been closed down for two years due to degradation. — Photo vnexpress.net
HA LONG (VNS) — Cao Xanh Secondary School, centrally located at the coastal northern Ha Long City in Quang Ninh Province, has remained shut for more than two years due to degrading conditions.
Local authorities said the construction of the school had cost about VND10 billion (nearly US$470,000). It had become operational in 2008 and was closed down five years later in 2013, after its structure was damaged.
Located on a hill near an illegal coal mine, the three-storey structure developed serious damages, with cracks up to 5-7cm wide in its walls, foundation, and play yard.
Following this, the school's 500 students, teachers, and officials moved to a place 4km away, along with study equipment and furniture such as desks and chairs.
While local people and authorities blamed the illegal coal mine for the school's degradation, the mine was closed down immediately after it was brought to the authority's notice.
The cause of the school's degradation is under examination and the structure will be repaired and used for others purposes after its result is known, Tran Trong Trung, vice chairman of the Ha Long People's Committee, was quoted as saying by vnexpress.net. VNS