Ho Chi Minh City to force investors to construct educational institutions
  • | SGGP | December 16, 2010 03:44 PM

The People’s Committee will force investors to build educational, healthcare, and entertainment facilities in a plan for new residential blocks, said Hua Ngoc Thuan, vice chairperson of the Ho Chi Minh City government.

Kids are learning English at a pre-school in district 4, Ho Chi Minh City.

After several cases of children of workers being mistreated, governments have paid more attention to the construction of pre-schools in all industrial parks and zones, even those districts without educational institutions.

Mr. Thuan said that the city has ordered the construction of 15 public pre-schools educational facilities for children.

In addition, HCMC is the first city in the country to implement special policies for teachers with regard to pre-schools.

Mr. Thuan said that however due to our large population, the city cannot meet the demands of any more facilities.

In addition, businesses from the industrial parks in the city, which employ many female workers, must also help the government build more schools for children.

When planning and constructing industrial parks, the city have always ensured that educational and medical facilities are also built. However, local governments have not always been enforcing these practices, and many enterprises have not followed building requirements.

Mr. Thuan said in article 116 of the Labor law, it states that all employers must build pre-schools or least give financial assistance to female workers that have children in their companies.

After a tour of some of industrial parks and processing zones in the city, Mr. Thuan directed the Department of Education and Training and the Management Board of these industrial parks and processing zones in the city to construct more pre-schools and places where trees can be planted in the parks.

According to Mr. Thuan, investment in education should not be just for profit only, but a way of helping its female employees.

The city will give support to the construction of these facilities in the attempt to reduce pressure on new populated residential areas, where there is a serious shortage of pre-schools.

He hopes that all investors and parents contribute, with the government, in the construction of high quality suitable schools.

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