|Students at a primary school in Ba Dinh District, Ha Noi. Tuition at public schools in the country's urban areas will increase by VND20,000-100,000 (US$0.8-4.4) a month. — VNS Photo Doan Tung
HANOI (VNS) — Tuition fees of the national civil educational system will rise 10 per cent starting from this December, according to a new decree signed by the Prime Minister.
Under the new decree, in the 2015-2016 school year, students from kindergarten to high school level living in urban areas, will be charged from VND60,000 to VND300,000 (US$2.60 to $13.30) per month.
Rural and mountainous students will have to pay VND30,000 to VND120,000 ($1.30 to $5.30) and VND8,000 to 60,000 ($0.35 to $2.60) respectively.
Tuition for the following year will be subject to changes in the Consumer Price Index.
At the undergraduate level, tuition of state-financing schools during the 2015 to 2021 period will rise 10 per cent on a year-on-year basis.
Undergraduates of natural science, technology, sports, hospitality, arts and tourism sectors will pay a maximum VND610,000 to VND980,000 ($27.10 – $43.50) per month in a six year period.
Learners of social science, economy, law, agriculture, forestry and aquaculture, will pay between VND720,000 to VND1,170,000 ($32 to $52) over the years.
Medical training tops the list with a monthly charge of VND880,000 to VND1,430,000 ($39 to $63.50)
For self-financing universities, the decree sets tuition caps that increase on a two-year basis.
Monthly prices for medical study in these self-financing universities will cost VND4,400,000 ($195.50) in the 2015-2017 period, increases 4.5 per cent over the next two years and an additional 9.7 per cent in the following year.
The tuition to study other majors will rise up to 10 per cent over the years.
However, students under special circumstances, such as students whose families contributed to the revolutionary cause, reside in border provinces, mountainous and disadvantaged areas or orphans with disabilities will still be granted tuition exemption as stated in Decree 49/2010/ND-CP by the government. — VNS