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Lai Chau aims to retain pupils

Update: January, 08/2016 - 09:09
Ethnic students in the northern mountainous Lai Chau Province's Mo Si San Commune review their lessons during a break. The provincial education sector has asked local schools to help prevent students from giving up on studies due to cold weather. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Duy

LAI CHAU (VNS) — Lai Chau Province's education department asked schools to implement strict measures to prevent pupils from giving up studying during cold days.

People in remote districts of northern mountain provinces are suffering severe cold weather with a large number of pupils having not attended schools during those days.

Do Van Dung, Phang So Lin boarding school's principal, said since early in the winter, the school management board asked teachers for a list of pupils who run the risk of giving up studies.

The board has encouraged these pupils and their parents to continue to study during the winter. "Understanding the living situation and psychology of ethnic minority pupils, we met and talked with them about what they lose if their study is interrupted," he said.

"We co-ordinated with local authorities to ask parents for a signed commitment letter to support their children's study."

The school has a total of 175 pupils, half of them are boarders.

An eighth-grade student, Cheo Mi Lai, said, "it is really cold in the winter but I don't give up studying. Many friends dropped out of school because they were often fearful of rainy and windy days."

"Teachers visited them at home and called them back to school."

Principal Dung said his school always has an attendance rate of 90 per cent.

Sin Ho district has 36 schools at three levels: kindergarten, primary and secondary with 9,000 pupils who are always affected by chilly weather.

The district's education office guided schools to investigate the cause of each absence. Teachers would get in touch immediately with parents if their children were absent from school without reason.

Le Thanh Duong, deputy chairman of Sin Ho District People's Committee, said that to guarantee pupil health in the winter, schools took the initiative to co-ordinate with local authorities and parents to upgrade rooms.

Like many districts in the northern mountainous region, the district is using temporary structures as classrooms. But almost all such temporary classrooms are in poor condition.

Lai Chau Province now has 6,000 classrooms, of which 1,100 are temporary rooms. — VNS

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