The Prime Minister has recently issued a
directive to address the issue of preschool education in industrial parks and
export processing zones.
According to Directive No. 09/CT-TTg, the
demand for kindergartens in localities where many industrial parks are based
has been rising, but neither public nor private schools have been able to meet
that demand. As a result, parents have to send their children to unlicensed
private kindergartens that do not meet prescribed safety and health care requirements.
Child caretakers look after children at Dong Xanh Kindergarten in the Hiep Phuoc industrial park in HCM City's Nha Be District__Photo: VNA
The Prime Minister requests provincial-level
People’s Committees to include plans on housing for laborers in their
industrial park development master plans, allocating adequate land areas for preschool
Besides, construction detailed plans in
industrial parks must also be adjusted to have housing and preschool education
facilities in order to meet their employees’ basic demand by 2020.
The directive also calls for particular
policies to be enacted in localities to attract organizations, individuals and
enterprises in building private kindergartens in areas where public ones are
The Ministry of Education and Training is tasked
to work with the Vietnam General Confederation of Labor and related ministries
and sectors in elaborating policies to increase the number of kindergartens in
industrial parks, and directing localities to implement regulations on private
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids
and Social Affairs is assigned to ensure the health and safety for children,
especially those living in industrial parks.
The Prime Minister also directs the Ministry
of Natural Resources and Environment to guide local administrations in working out
land use plans to ensure land areas for building kindergartens in their localities,
while the Ministry of Construction will set out technical standards and housing
models to suit industrial parks’ infrastructure and regulations.-