HCM City has approved a tuition-fee exemption for Cham and Khmer ethnic students attending the city's public schools, through kindergarten to high school. The fees will be exempt from next year to 2020.
The municipal administration has told the Department of Education and Training to work with the Ethnicity Minorities Committee to identify the total number of students.
The department will also be responsible for making expense claims to send to financial agencies.
NHAN DAN (THE PEOPLE)
Long An increases corn cultivation
The Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Long An is switching to corn and sesame on 3,000ha of unproductive rice fields.
Le Minh Duc, director of the province's Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said that last year the agricultural sector planted more corn.
The province has 3,500ha of corn fields, most of which are in Duc Hoa and Duc Hue districts. It plans to expand that area to 5,000ha.
TUOI TRE (YOUTH)
Bus companies add routes to Laos
The Viet Nam Road General Department has approved two transport businesses' request to expand three international routes between Viet Nam and Lao.
Accordingly, Van Ha Limited Liability Company has the right to operate three coaches from Vinh Station in central Nghe An Province to Xiangkhouang and Champasack stations in Laos.
Two coaches belonging to 27-7 Transport Tourist Co-operative will shuttle passengers between Nuoc Ngam Station in Ha Noi and Bokeo Station in Laos every Friday. The average one-way ticket price is around VND1.2 million (US$56).
According to the Road General Department, there are currently 45 enterprises operating on 51 transport routes from Viet Nam to Laos and vice versa, with 278 coaches in use.
KINH TE DO THI (ECONOMIES AND CITIES