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Staggering working hours meet grim reality in Hanoi

By Thoa Nguyen - The Saigon Times Daily
Thursday,  Thg2 2,2012,20:45 (GMT+7)
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Staggering working hours meet grim reality in Hanoi

By Thoa Nguyen - The Saigon Times Daily

HANOI – The decision on introducing the staggering working and study hours came into force in Hanoi City on Wednesday, which improved transport not much but left the people, especially students and their parents, great inconvenience.

Le Thi Tinh, a senior high school teacher in Hanoi shared that as classes of junior high school students start 30 minutes earlier, it won’t be a big challenge for single teachers like her since she only needs to get up earlier.

However, it can pose difficulties for those teachers in managing time to pick up their children who start their classes on a different time frame.

“Parents must leave for work between 6:00-6:30am while their children start classes at 8:00 am. If they leave at the same time, their children must wander around until their schools open at 7:30. Unless they hire other people to pick up their kids for school, that scenario will happen as a matter of fact,” Tinh said.

Moreover, the classes of elementary and junior high schools end later, which could affect the schedule of tutor classes in the evening.

Therefore, many citizens in the capital city have complained of inconveniences.

Under the Directive 315/QD-UBND issued by Hanoi City’s authorities, new working and study timetable is applicable to three main groups.

College, university and senior high school students under Group 1 will start classes at 6:30 am and end at after 7:00 pm. For Group 2, kindergarten, elementary, and junior high school student start classes at 7:30am and end at 5:30 pm, while State and local officials start work at 8:00 am and end at 5:00 pm.

For Group 3, commercial centers and service providers (except for banking and financial services) start service at 9:00 am and end after 7:00 pm.

Only workers at factories and processing zones see their working hours unchanged.

In line with this change, the Hanoi Department of Transport has adjusted timetable of multiple bus routes. Particularly, peak hours for bus transport will last from 6:00 am to 9:00 am and 4:30 pm t0 7:30 pm.

The interval of bus routes running by universities and colleges will shorten to 7 minutes per trip. The number of these bus routes will increase to 123 trips a day.

Moreover, local transport department plans to establish six additional express bus routes with total number of 97 trips a day.

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