Headmaster rebuked for trying to shame parent who questions school fees

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Van Ha High School in Thanh Hoa Province. Photo credit: VietNamNet Van Ha High School in Thanh Hoa Province. Photo credit: VietNamNet


Education authorities in central Vietnam have reprimanded a high school headmaster for publicly naming a parent who had earlier questioned some of the school fees. 
Authorities on Monday also ordered Le Van Vuong of Van Ha High School in Thanh Hoa Province to stop collecting unnecessary school fees that have been protested by parents, local media reported. 
Vuong reportedly tried to name and shame Dao Duc Vinh, the father of a student, several times during a weekly school meeting on September 14, in front of all students.
The headmaster said Vinh was the only parent who refused to pay all the fees. 
“It’s normal if a parent does not agree with a school about some fees,” said Le Duc Hanh, a local education official.  “But the headmaster should not have named the parent because that act has damaged the relationship between the school and the parent."
Hanh added that Vuong had apologized to Vinh. 
Among the fees that have been canceled at the school are payments to a so-called Parents Fund and charity donations. 
Local officials have asked other schools in the area to review their fees and stop collecting "inappropriate" ones.

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