Urban migration exacerbates City classroom, teacher woes - Urban migration exacerbates City classroom, teacher woes - Website Ho Chi Minh City
The increasing number of migrants and residents from other provinces to HCM City has led to a shortage of teachers and classrooms, according to the city Department of Education and Training.
Each year, more than 1,000 new classrooms are built, but a shortage still exists.
According to the department, the city will need 4,429 teachers at all levels from kindergarten to high school this year.
The city has continued to recruit teachers, and for the upcoming 2014-2015 academic year, it has allocated VND23.6 billion (US$1.1 million) to upgrade and build new classrooms and buy teaching equipment.
There will be 1,527 new classrooms for the 2014-2015 year, including 501 in the city's outlying districts.
District 12's Educational Division reported that it would have only one new primary school and one middle school (sixth through ninth grade).
Tran Trung Hieu, the division's head, said the increasing number of people moving from other cities and provinces had led to a rise of 6-8 per cent in the number of students.
This year, the number of primary and middle school students was expected to increase by nearly 3,800 over last year, he said.
Each classroom would have to accommodate more students, up to 46, he said.
Hieu said the district's Tan Thoi Nhat Ward would not have enough classrooms for students.
Many districts such as Cu Chi, Tan Phu, and Nha Be has the same situation as District 12.
At a meeting to review the reults of the 2013-2014 school year held on August 9, Le Hong Son said the city's wards and communes had achieved the standards of the Ministry of Education and Training on compulsory education at the kindergarten, primary and high school levels.
Deputy Minister of Education and Training Nguyen Thi Nghia has asked the city to improve the quality of compulsory education.
The city has 1.6 million students, 1,929 schools and 57, 000 teachers.