Residents in new apartment buildings have few school choices for children

  • June 05, 2017

The number of apartment buildings has been increasing in new urban areas, but there are no clinics and schools in some of these areas.
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Apartment buildings in Hanoi are all advertised as ‘meeting international standards’, but there are no state-owned schools nearby. As a result, parents only have two choices – either taking their children to schools far from their homes or to private schools which set high tuition. The Linh Dam Urban Area in Hoang Mai district is the most densely populated area in the capital city. In a 5 hectare land plot in Hoang Liet Ward, there are 12 apartment buildings, which accommodate 30,000 people.  On Linh Dam Peninsula area, there are 16 11-storey buildings set up in 2001 with 2,000 apartments.  Meanwhile, the other buildings – VP2, VP3, VP4 and VP5 – which were put into operation in 2015-2016, provide another 2,000 apartments. There are also other 3,000-4.000 more apartments in the Southwest Linh Dam Project which has just been built. 
The number of apartment buildings has been increasing in new urban areas, but there are no clinics and schools in some of these areas. 

At a conference on preschool education held recently, Hoang Mai district authorities admitted that local children are at a disadvantage because there are not enough schools in the area. In Hoang Liet Ward, there are three preschools and 50 privately run preschools, while there are 52,000 households and 8,000 children aged 0-5.  Nguyen Thi Oanh, 32, in Rainbow Apartment Building, said her daughter is going to the first grade this year, but she still doesn’t know where to enroll the girl. “The state-owned schools we contacted have refused to admit more students and they all have been overloaded,” Oanh said.  In Me Tri Ha residential quarter on Pham Hung street, there are hundreds of households living, but there are only four to five private preschools. Many parents have to leave their children with grandparents in the countryside. In Nam Trung Yen urban area, tens of multi-story buildings have arisen, but the two land plots reserved for schools have been left idle. They are being used as parking lots.  A report shows that in Cau Giay district, there are tens of land plots designed for school areas, but they remain unused. K, a resident in Nam An Khanh area in Hoai Duc district, said he has been informed that the state-owned schools in the area won’t accept the students living in new built apartment blocks, but will only admit students from establishef residential quarters because the schools have become overloaded.  Nguyen Phan Minh, head of the Hoai Duc district’s education sub-department, confirmed the lack of schools in the locality, saying no apartment investor has built schools as promised.

Chi Mai

Source: VietNamNet

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