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Students in HCM City supported to continue study amid COVID-19

Students in Ho Chi Minh City who have encountered difficulties in online learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic have received support from local authorities and donors to continue their study.

Statistics from the municipal Department of Education and Training revealed that more than 70,000 students in the city lack either access to the internet or electric devices to study online.

Of nearly 650,000 primary school students, more than 55,000 lack the necessary equipment and a stable internet connection. Some are temporarily staying in the countryside and cannot return to the city.

At secondary and high school levels, which have nearly 700,000 students, as many as 17,000 pupils do not have internet access and the necessary equipment, while 5,000 have the equipment but have no internet connection.

However, thanks to the assistance of all-level administrations and donors, many of them have been able to access online classes.

The local educational sector, agencies and localities have drawn up flexible, specific teaching plans and models matching the latest situation, in line with COVID-19 prevention and control regulations.

Teachers of Minh Duc Secondary School in District 1 have initiated a model, under which they call for the donation of used smart phones and laptops to their students.

Within more than one week, no more students of the school lacked electric devices to log into online classes, according to headmaster of the school Tran Thuy An.

Similar programmes have also been launched by associations and organisations over the past time to aid students with used devices and leaning equipment.

Local youths have also maintained free classes but in the online format for children in difficult circumstances. More than 300 students and teachers have voluntarily joined the programme.

Despite a lack of teachers and study materials, such classes have opened daily, making parents feel secure as their children still continue their study amid complex developments of the pandemic./.