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Students may be exempted from tuition fees in first half of 2021-22 school year

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HCMC – The HCMC Department of Education and Training has proposed exempting students from tuition fees in the first half of the 2021-2022 school year.

Nguyen Van Hieu, director of the department, made the proposal at a meeting of the municipal People’s Council on August 24, the local media reported.

Hieu said the municipal government had supported parents facing difficulties caused by Covid-19 by maintaining the tuition fees for the 2021-2022 school year the same as last year. However, the pandemic is lasting longer than expected and classes in the first half of the 2021-2022 school year will have to be held online.

Hieu said the HCMC Department of Education and Training had coordinated with the television station to produce teaching programs, which are expected to be broadcast early next month.

The 2021-2022 school year has begun with multiple difficulties. In all learning and teaching plans, the safety of students must be the top priority, Hieu noted.

Many parents have faced multiple difficulties in preparing learning materials and equipment for the online learning of their children. Support packages can help them with just the basic needs, while the tuition fees will prove a burden.

For the 2021-2022 school year, HCMC has some 1.71 million students, up 31,000 over the previous school year.

The city has requisitioned 249 schools as quarantine centers and 453 as Covid-19 testing and vaccination sites. Nearly 2,000 teachers and 6,000 students in the city have been either Covid-19 carriers or direct contacts of Covid-19 cases.

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