Flooded schools to reopen soon
October 28th, 2010
The Ministry of Education and Training is mobilising all resources to help inundated schools in the north-central provinces re-open for students as soon as possible, said Minister Pham Vu Luan in an interview with the Vietnam News Agency.
"It's the first priority for the whole educational system for the time being," he said.
As soon as the floodwaters began to recede, the ministry asked its departments in the three affected provinces of Nghe An, Ha Tinh and Quang Binh to begin working with local authorities and parents in cleaning up and repairing damage done to schools.
"We also asked local education departments to assess the losses in their provinces so that the ministry could file a report with the Government to request the necessary assistance," he added.
The immediate job for now was to supply enough textbooks to school children, he said.
"Then we will gradually repair or replace damaged facilities and equipment and support needy teachers and children," he noted.
The Education Publishing House has just printed an addition of 400,000 copies of textbooks which had already been transported to the affected provinces.
A ministry task force will arrive in the region this week to inspect the damage and investigate ways of dealing with the aftermath of the floods.
Although schooling was interrupted for two weeks, students in the region could still catch up on their courses given the two reserve weeks built into the academic year, said the minister.
"We will give instructions to schools to make necessary changes to the curricula," he added.
As for the loss of student report cards and relevant documents, the minister ensures that the problem would be solved in the best interest of the students.
The floods cost the education sector more than VND700 billion (US$35 million) and left six students dead, according to the minister. So far, the ministry has raised VND3 billion ($150,000), with several international organisations providing aid to children affected by the disaster.
In another development, the Japanese government yesterday, Oct 27, donated hand-outs worth around $250,000 in emergency aid to flood victims, including blankets, small generators, water purifiers and plastic water containers. India yesterday announced a donation of VND2 billion ($102,000) to flood victims in affected areas.
India yesterday announced a donation of VND2 billion (US$102,000) to flood victims in affected areas.
The South Korean ambassador to Viet Nam donated $100,000 to flood victims via the Viet Nam Red Cross Society on behalf of his government on Monday.
Also on the same day, the Central German Red Cross Society gave 10,000 euro to its Vietnamese counterpart in primary aid to flood victims, while the Laotian province of Bolykhamsay donated $10,000 to Ha Tinh Province.
So far, the Viet Nam Red Cross Society has received aid worth around VND20 billion ($1 million) from more than 10 international organisations.