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Kids barred from going to school

Update: October, 01/2015 - 09:39
Nearly 150 students from Nghi Thiet and Nghi Tien communes in central Nghe An Province are still not allowed by their parents to go to school. — Photo dantri.com.vn

NGHE AN (VNS) — It has been a month since the new school year began yet nearly 150 students from Nghi Thiet and Nghi Tien communes in central Nghe An Province are still not allowed by their parents to go to school.

Parents said they were unhappy with the location of the new school after local authorities decided that students from both communes would go to one school instead of two separate ones, which were both built many years ago and are now in poor condition as well as being overcrowded.

Construction of the new school was finished earlier this year and the brand new 16-classroom facility was ready to welcome more than 500 students. Some 350 were from Nghi Thiet and 192 from Nghi Tien.

Parents from Nghi Thiet thought that since there were more students in their commune the shared school should be in Nghi Thiet. They also voiced concerns over traffic safety issues as the road at the school was under construction.

Head of the district's Education Department Nguyen Van Thong said the shared-school was located in the middle of the two communes. The distance students from both sides would have to travel was taken in consideration.

Thong said running two separate campuses in each commune presented local education authorities with numerous obstacles.

"The idea behind having one shared school for the two communes was that we could pool our resources in order to improve the quality of local education and to meet the nation's standards," said Luu Duc Thuyen deputy head of the provincial Education Department.

The district's People's Committee were ordered to persuade parents to let their children go to school as well as to clear the local road to ensure improve traffic safety for children. — VNS

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