More kindergartens, preschool classes to be built in industrial parks
The Prime Minister has recently issued a directive to address the issue of preschool education in industrial parks and export processing zones.

The Prime Minister has recently issued adirective to address the issue of preschool education in industrial parks andexport processing zones.

According to Directive No. 09/CT-TTg, thedemand for kindergartens in localities where many industrial parks are basedhas been rising, but neither public nor private schools have been able to meetthat demand. As a result, parents have to send their children to unlicensedprivate 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-levelPeople’s Committees to include plans on housing for laborers in theirindustrial park development master plans, allocating adequate land areas for preschooleducation establishments.

Besides, construction detailed plans inindustrial parks must also be adjusted to have housing and preschool educationfacilities in order to meet their employees’ basic demand by 2020.

The directive also calls for particularpolicies to be enacted in localities to attract organizations, individuals andenterprises in building private kindergartens in areas where public ones arenot available.

The Ministry of Education and Training is taskedto work with the Vietnam General Confederation of Labor and related ministriesand sectors in elaborating policies to increase the number of kindergartens inindustrial parks, and directing localities to implement regulations on privatekindergarten management.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Labor, War Invalidsand Social Affairs is assigned to ensure the health and safety for children,especially those living in industrial parks.

The Prime Minister also directs the Ministryof Natural Resources and Environment to guide local administrations in working outland use plans to ensure land areas for building kindergartens in their localities,while the Ministry of Construction will set out technical standards and housingmodels to suit industrial parks’ infrastructure and regulations.-

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