HCM CITY (VNS)— The HCM City People's Committee has approved the construction of 90 public nursery schools with total capital of VND3.5 trillion (US$166 million).
Nguyen Dinh Thai Chau, head of the city Department of Education and Training's Planning and Finance Division, said the construction would be completed by the end of 2015.
In the last 10 years, about 90 public nursery schools were built.
Chau said the city would put into use nine public nursery schools this year.
On February 11 and 12, a delegation of the city's People's Council's Culture- Society Division visited Thu Duc and Tan Binh districts to survey the management of private nursery schools.
The delegation found many unlicensed private nurseries but local authorities had difficulty closing them because of the shortage in their areas.
Binh Tan has 125 unlicensed nursery facilities and 90 unlicensed family-based daycare facilities that take care of more than 6,000 children, according to the Binh Tan People's Committee.
The district has only 12 public nursery schools that provide daycare for 4,562 children. It also has 37 private nursery schools and 95 private nursery classes that provide daycare for a total of 12,242 children.
Three of Tan Binh's 10 wards do not have a nursery school.
In Thu Duc, there are 307 unlicensed nursery facilities.
The increase in the number of unlicensed family-based daycare facilities and unlicensed nursery facilities is largely due to the frequent relocation of migrant families who need daycare for short periods, according to Nguyen Tho Truyen, deputy chairman of the Thu Duc People's Committee.
Migrant workers often send their children to family-based daycare facilities, with each household keeping about three to six children.
The district does not have any facilities to keep children aged 6 to 12 months, which has also contributed to the increase in household daycare centres, he said. — VNS