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Aug 18, 2021 / 08:54

Hanoi to begin academic year on September 1

Prior to the reopening, schools and educational institutions in Hanoi city must strictly observe Covid-19 prevention and control measures.

More than two million students in Hanoi are expected to start their 2021-22 academic year on September 1, according to a decision freshly issued by the municipal People's Committee.

The decision is applied to educational institutions from kindergarten to high schools, as well as centers for continuing education.

Under the plan, the school year of 2021-22 will kick off city-wide at opening ceremonies on September 5 and is slated to finish before May 31 next year.

Students of Dong Ngac Secondary School in Hanoi’s Bac Tu Liem District attended the opening ceremony for the new school year 2020-21. Photo: Cong Tho

Holidays during the year are stipulated in the Labor Code and related annual guiding documents. Annual leave for teachers would be taken during the summer break or could be changed for another time of the year to fit the plans of local schools in line with the situation of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Hanoi People's Committee has asked the director of the municipal Department of Education and Training to seriously implement the timeline planned for the academic year and propose changes in such special cases as natural disasters and diseases.

Prior to the reopening, schools and education institutions must strictly observe Covid-19 prevention and control measures.

The capital city shuttered schools on May 4 in the face of the fourth wave of infections and instructed schools to turn to distance learning.

Since the fourth wave of Covid-19 hit Vietnam in late April, Hanoi has logged 2,484 patients, including 1,221 found in the community.

Ho Chi Minh City, the country’s current biggest coronavirus hotspot, planned to reopen schools in mid-September and have students study online in the first weeks. The municipal People's Committee is expected to make a final decision at the end of this week.

In a related move, the Ministry Minister of Education and Training last week sent a document to relevant agencies and localities asking them not to increase tuition fees in public schools in the new school year. The move aims to alleviate the financial burden of the parents caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.