|A teacher and her students in a local kindergaten in the Mekong Delta's Hau Giang Province. It is estimated that 75 per cent of kindergaten teachers are working under temporary contracts in the province. — Photo tintucmientay.com.vn
HAU GIANG (VNS) — Nearly three-quarters of kindergarten teachers in the southern province of Hau Giang are working under temporary contracts, even though they have been employed for several years, according to an education official.
Nguyen Ngoc Anh, deputy director of the Hau Giang Department of Education and Training, said 365 of the 516 kindergarten teachers in the province do not have permanent contracts.
While the number of students has increased annually, the number of permanent teachers, which is regulated by the provincial Department of Home Affairs, did not increase, Anh said.
Anh said the kindergarten has asked the provincial department to consider granting more permanent contracts to teachers who meet their work demands well.
Tran Thi Quyen, a teacher at the Tuong Lai Kindergarten, has worked for seven years under a temporary contract.
"I have waited for so long to have a permanent contract with a hope that my salary will be better and more stable," she said. "I thought about applying for another job but I might be too old to start over again."
Do Cam Loan, a teacher at the Anh Hong Kindergarten, has worked under a temporary contract for eight years.
Loan still lives at her mother's house, along with her husband and son, and receives some money from her in-laws to supplement her salary, which she said is not enough to meet their daily expenses.
Tran Thi Anh Thu, principal of the Anh Hong Kindergarten, said the school has a number of temporary teachers with individual salaries ranging from VND2-3 million per month (US$85-130). Although they work under temporary contracts, they perform the same work as teachers under permanent contracts.
In addition to taking care of the children, the teachers make handmade toys and teaching aids, and decorate and clean the classrooms without receiving any compensation, Thu said. — VNS