The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee has proposed to the Ministry of Finance to end tuition fees for secondary schools.
The proposal was earlier sent by the city’s Department of Education and Training and the Department of Finance and municipal government Chairman Nguyen Thanh Phong agreed to use the city’s budget to pay for students’ fees.
Ho Sy Anh, who works at the Institute for Education Research under the HCM City University of Pedagogy, said tuition fees should be abolished as they were a barrier to education.
HCM City is currently collecting tuition fees from secondary schools in line with Decree 86/2015 issued by the government regarding regulations on the collection and use of tuition fees at public schools, as well as policies on reducing, exempting and supporting tuition fees between the academic year 2016-2017 and 2020-2021.
At present, secondary school students in HCM City’s 19 inner-city districts are paying monthly tuition fees of VND100,000 (USD4.38), while those in outlying districts are required to pay VND85,000 (USD3.72) each per month.