Chaos as Hanoi parents rush to get school application forms

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Nearly a thousand parents pushed down the gate of a famous school in Hanoi Saturday morning after waiting overnight in the rain to be the first to get application forms for their children.

The school had earlier announced they will only receive 140 first graders for the next school year that will start this September, and will only issue a limited number of application forms.

It said the forms will be delivered from 6 a.m. on Saturday but many parents camped outside the previous night, hoping to get their children a place at one of the experimental schools under the Ministry of Education and Training.

The Hanoi Experimental School in Ba Dinh District, which provides education from first to ninth grades, is the alma mater of  Vietnam's math genius Ngo Bao Chau.

Phung Thi Linh, a 30-year-old mother, said she had waited at the gate from 2 a.m.

"I thought I would be the first. But around a hundred people were already there," Linh said.

With too many people waiting and leaning at the gate, it collapsed at around 6 a.m. and people rushed in.

A guard at the school said there were too many parents and the guards could not stop them.

Another gate was put up but it was pushed down in three minutes.

The school had to move the form delivery to the next day because of the chaos. They promised to raise the number of application forms.

Children whose forms are approved have to go through some entrance examinations before gaining admission.

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