A teenager in Hanoi was hospitalized with head injuries after mortar fell from her classroom ceiling Monday.
The accident happened during class at around 9:30 a.m., injuring Ly, an 11th grader at Kim Lien High School in Dong Da District.
Nguyen Xuan Lam, the school deputy rector, told news website Dan Tri "The injuries were not too critical. Ly has received some stitches and was discharged in stable conditions."
In 2009, a ceiling fan fell on another student and no severe injuries were caused.
Similar accidents are a serious risk at the school as nearly 30 classrooms and other rooms have poor quality ceilings.
There're signs of mortar loss on many ceilings, including the rector's office.
Most rooms were built in 1999 and some in 2000.
Hoang Linh, a tenth grader at the school, told Dan Tri that "We're scared during class time, we don't know when the mortar will fall."
Deputy rector Lam said the school will have an urgent meeting with the parents of children in Ly's class to raise money for a new plastic ceiling for the room.
He said the situation is expected to end soon as the school last year was approved a budget of VND30 billion (US$1.44 million) to upgrade classrooms.