Overloaded, primary schools in Dong Nai begin noon classes

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Several primary schools in Dong Nai Province in southern Vietnam, are struggling with an increase in students this year due to the influx of migrant parents who come for jobs at its many factories.
Education officials said the province received another 4,000 students this year, or nearly 5 percent more from last year and mostly in Bien Hoa, the province's capital town which is also its industrial center.
Schools have made use of all rooms and added more students to each class but they still could not offer a place to all of them, so they had to add the noon shift as a temporary solution.
They now have to insert another class time between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., for more than 1,000 children in the third and fourth grades. Classes in Vietnam normally meet between 7 and after 11 a.m. in the morning and after 12 p.m. until around 5 p.m.
 Trang Dai Primary School in Bien Hoa has nearly 4,000 students this new school year, up 12.5 percent from the previous year, and thus has to add the noon shift for nearly 400 third and fourth grade students.
 Many working parents cannot send their children to school or pick them up at the new time frame. So they rent a bus to do that job and let the children stay at their form teacher’s house after class.
Students wait in the schoolyard of Trang Dai to use the room from the morning class. Their parents have to drop them there early to go to work.
This boy is too tired to focus in class. “Normally I have a nap at home this time. I’ve been falling asleep in class every day. I hope I can get used to this,” he said. Nguyen Thi Thanh Tam, a teacher working the noon shift, said she and her colleagues have tried many ways to keep the children eager in class. “But it's normal for them to feel drowsy or tired. I hope they don’t have to go through this next year.
 A girl does exercises on the school’s fence. Doan Thi Thuy, the school principal, said many students have to stay at school until after office time for their parents to pick them up.
A girl cleans her sweat as she leaves her class in the baking sun. 
This boy has a headache after class and he bursts into tears seeing his brother come to pick him up. 
You can find the original story here on VnExpress.

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