HCM City private schools struggle to survive
  • | LD, | September 12, 2014 03:31 PM
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Private high schools in HCM City are facing problems recruiting students for the new school year.

Over the last ten years the private school business mushroomed in HCM City, attracting many students and turning in big revenues. Lately, however, several weaknesses have shown in many of these institutions, creating a declining enrollment rate and financial problems for many of the private schools. A number have gone out of business or filed for bankruptcy.


Lam Son High School has abundant space but not enough students

The municipal Department of Education and Training stated that as many as 20 private high schools in the metropolis have been able to attract less than 100 students. In the 2013-2014 school year, Viet My Anh High School attracted only 24 students and Phan Huy Ich High School enrolled only 16.

Despite boasting modern educational equipment, several private high schools still find it hard to attract students. Ham Nghi High School enrolled only 79 students during the 2013-2014 school, year while Tran Quoc Tuan High School failed to attract any.

Managers of many of these private high schools have admitted that they continued and increasing challenges in enrollment, as most students attend state-owned schools.


Modern infrastructure with low enrollment

Pham Thi Thuy Vinh, principal of Ngo Thoi Nhiem High School, said, “We plan to organise ten classes for grade 10, but to only eight of them have reached their enrollment quotas."

Several schools have tried to increase enrollment by lowering tuition fees and upgrading their facilities, but the results have not been as expected.

Other schools have chosen to change to preschool and daycare services.

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