Construction of new classrooms in HCM City has not met demand for the school year, forcing some districts to increase classroom enrolment.
At a workshop held yesterday in HCM City, Le Hong Son, deputy head of the city's Department of Education and Training, said that all levels from kindergarten to high school were faced with a classroom shortage.
Although detailed plans on classroom construction have been concluded for some time, the pace of building projects has remained sluggish.
Son said the city had built 1,059 new classrooms for the academic year, but this was still not enough.
Do Thi Hoa, deputy head of the Education Bureau in Go Vap District, said two wards in the district had no primary or secondary schools.
Students who live in these wards have to go to school in other wards, leaving classrooms crowded and teachers overburdened with work.
For this school year, Go Vap District lacks 460 classrooms, which has led to a decline in the number of day-boarders.
Moreover, the district's schools cannot meet the standard classroom size, which is 30 students for kindergarten and 35 for primary school.
Nguyen Thi Kim Quy, deputy chairwoman of the Fatherland Front Committee in Tan Phu District, said a shortage of rooms led to a drop in the number of children studying during the day.
Tan Phu District lacks 628 classrooms, including primary and secondary ones.
In Thu Duc District, the number of first graders has increased this year, overcrowding classrooms.
The average number of first-graders in each classroom in Thu Duc District is 43, according to the Viet Nam Fatherland Front Committee of HCM City's Board of Cultural and Social Affairs. — VNS