International school refuses students following parents' protests
  • |, Dan Viet | July 02, 2020 08:13 PM
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Many parents have been shocked after the Vietnam Australia International School (VAS) refused to admit their children for the new school-year due to their conflicts with the school.

A branch of the Vietnam Australia International School in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo by Dantri/Dtinews

In a letter sent to some families dated June 30, VAS wrote: "During the school closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we, despite lots of efforts, have not been able to reach an agreement with some parents. The conflicts have badly affected the studying and teaching environment of our students and teachers."

The school said that they had the responsibilities to protect the rights of over 9,000 students and over 18,000 parents. They also admitted that a good relationship between the school and parents was necessary to create a good academic environment for the children but they could not please all parents.

"To ensure the best benefits and development for your child, we have to inform you that the Vietnam Australia International School cannot admit the student to our school for the 2020-2021 school year."

Sharing about the news, parent Huynh Ngoc, who has two children studying at the school said that she was very shocked when receiving the letter.

"I haven't informed my children about this yet as I'm afraid that they will be hurt.

Ngoc said that she was one among the parents who protested against the school's online study fees during the school closure for virus prevention.

"I asked the school to discuss with parents on the online study fees and made some other proposals including improving the quality of meals and teaching, and not changing foreign teachers so often," Ngoc said.

Another parent, Pham Thi Bach Tuyet also received the same letter which she commented as an unfair decision by one of the most costly international schools in the area. She said she was also among the parents who protested against the school's policies on online study fees.

"I was going to come and meet with the school's lawyer to seek an agreement for the conflict when receiving the letter," she said.

According to a parent, Phan Lien Anh, many students at 11th grade have also been denied the ability to continue their final high school year at VAS even though their students had not participated in the protest.

Conflicts between VAS and the parents have been going on for many months about the cost of online study fees during the school closure period. More than 100 parents have sued the school over the polices.

VAS has not made any comments on the issue.

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