|Students in Quảng Trị make use of a meeting hall as a classroom. — VNS Photo Huê Phong|Viet Nam News
QUẢNG TRỊ — The central province of Quảng Trị is to invest VNĐ195 billion (US$8.4 million) in the construction of 390 classrooms in an attempt to reduce the number of temporary classrooms in schools across the locality.
The investment comes mainly from the national and local budgets, and some from social contributions.
According to the local Department of Education and Training, the work is needed as the temporary classrooms, with many borrowed from other local agencies, has negatively impacted the local standard of education.
The temporary classrooms have also raised safety concerns.
The work on the new classrooms will commence early this year and all are expected to be completed by 2025.
The province is in need of 1,104 classrooms, of which kindergartens need 452 rooms and the remainder will be used for primary, secondary and high schools.
The local education sector also needs a further 1,070 labs and 1,289 toilets in schools.
Over the last 10 years, the province has succeeded in building 1,114 classrooms, mainly in remote and mountainous areas, partly contributing to the reduction in the dropout rate in those areas.
According to the provincial People’s Council, they will have tighter monitoring to make sure the education sector proceeds with the construction work.
Quảng Trị was hit hardest by American bombs during the war. The locality is listed as one of the less-developed provinces in the country more than 40 years after the war ended. — VNS