HCMC to spend $45M to waive middle school tuition

By Le Nguyen   January 4, 2024 | 05:00 pm PT
HCMC to spend $45M to waive middle school tuition
9th graders participate in the high school entrance examination in HCMC, June 2023. Photo by VnExpress/Le Nguyen
HCMC will use VND1.1 trillion ($45.1 million) to waive tuition for all middle school students, the municipal education department announced.

In a document issued Wednesday, the HCMC Department of Education and Training said middle school students, from 6th to 9th grades, will see their tuition waived, and the city will spend money from its budget to achieve this.

Public schools will get VND1.042 trillion, while non-public schools will get VND66 billion.

For the tuition of middle school students that had been collected since the school year started in September, the education department requested public units to refund them. The tuition for non-public ones are requested to be paid by the department based on the number of months studied at the end of the 2023-2024 school year.

HCMC authorities said while the economy has been recovering in 2023, people's lives were still affected due to global economic decline.

Businesses have been laying off workers, rendering many without a job or income. As such, tuition waivers are necessary to ensure social security and help share the burden with parents and students.

Previously in the 2021-2022 school year, HCMC had spent VND604 billion from its budget as tuition waivers.

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