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Covid-19 turns some 1,500 students in HCMC into orphans

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Some 1,500 students in HCMC have been orphaned by Covid-19, the city’s Department of Education and Training announced at a meeting this morning, September 14.

Of the figure, over 490 are primary school students, 580 are junior high school students and the remainder are students of senior high and vocational schools. 

The districts of Binh Thanh, Binh Tan, Hoc Mon and 8 make up the largest number of the orphaned students. 

Besides, more than 10,000 students and some 3,400 teachers in the city have been infected with Covid-19. 

According to the HCMC Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, each orphaned child who is younger than four will receive VND900,000 per month, while orphaned children that are four years old or older will receive VND540,000 per month each.

They are also entitled to a tuition fee reduction until 16 and other social incentives until 22. 

Children who have Covid-19 will receive VND1 million each. They are also entitled to free treatment and VND80,000 per day to cover their meals during the treatment and quarantine.

The Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs earlier decided to give an allowance of VND1 million to each child born between April 27 and December 31 whose mother had Covid-19. Those children orphaned by Covid-19 would receive VND2 million each.

The funding comes from the National Fund for Vietnamese Children. 

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