Hanoi would need to build an additional 1,014 kindergartens by 2030 to meet the needs of its increasing population, People's Committee Chairman Nguyen The Thao said at a city meeting Friday.
The VnExpress news website quoted Thao as saying that the school area in the capital city's downtown area has not increased along with its population, causing classes to become very crowded.
He said that the city should place more priority on building social infrastructure, including schools, than on houses.
The population of Hanoi is expected to rise to 7.4 million in 2020 and 9.5 million in 2030, Thao said at the meeting.
As the current education regulations set the minimum space for each student at 8 square meters in downtown areas and 15 square meters in the outskirts, "by 2030, the city would need an additional 1,014 nursery schools and 310 primary schools," he said.
But many new urban centers have not invested properly in schools, especially public kindergartens, Thao said.
He said the investors have violated the plan approved by the city government, building houses instead of leaving space for schools, in order to recoup their investment as soon as possible.
Many investors are not experienced in building schools and had to find partners, which delayed the projects further, the chairman said.
Thao suggested penalties on urban project investors if they fail to start work on schools at the same time as other parts of the projects.
The meeting also discussed Hanoi's growth plan for the next five years, targeting an annual GDP growth of 12 percent, according to the VnExpress report.