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Ministry told to make sure schools don't overcharge

Update: September, 25/2014 - 09:31
Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has ordered the Ministry of Education and Training to make sure schools don't charge additional fees when the new school year begins.— Photo kenhtuyensinh

HA NOI (VNS) — Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has ordered the Ministry of Education and Training to make sure schools don't charge additional fees when the new school year begins.

The move follows reports in the media that parents often had to pay for uniforms each year, even if the existing ones were in good condition.

They could also be asked to pay for building toilets, cleaning classes, drinking water, electricity, class computers - and even desks, seats and class television sets.

Dam told the ministry to work with people's committees to quickly bring the situation under control.

Le Thu Ha, of Ha Noi's Ba Dinh District, said that on top of tuition fees and lunch fees for her nine-year-old son, she had to pay many other fees, including a class fund, drinking water - and for new uniforms for summer and winter.

Nguyen Manh Hung, father of a high school boy in Ha Noi's Xuan Dinh Ward, said that the school often collected all the fees at the first meeting with parents at the beginning of a school year.

At the meeting, a teacher would give parents a note setting out all the fees to be paid, he said.

After parents made their payments, teachers immediately took the notes back to avoid unnecessary questions, he said.

In response to the situation, deputy director of the city's Education and Training Department, Pham Thi Hong Nga, said that the department had set up five teams led by five deputy directors of the department to check on the situation.

Parents can phone complaints to department officials. Their numbers are published in http://hanoiedu.vn/danhba/ . — VNS

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