Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Vietnam to pour $1.6 bln into building more schools, rooms

HANOI, Feb. 5 (Xinhua) -- The Vietnamese government has approved a program totaling 25.2 trillion Vietnamese dong (VND) (nearly 1.6 billion U.S. dollars) to build more permanent schools and boarding rooms for teachers nationwide from now until 2012, local newspaper Vietnam News reported Tuesday.

All temporary classrooms, including thatched-roofed and dilapidated ones, will be replaced by concrete structures. There will be 141,300 new concrete classrooms for kindergarten to high school levels. This will eliminate the need for three-shift classrooms by 2012.

Also under the program, there will be boarding rooms with a total area of 1.6 million square meters for teachers in remote and rural areas.

The program will be funded by the state budget and support from local and foreign donors. The state hopes two trillion VND (125 million dollars) will come from donations by companies and organizations at home and abroad.