Northern nursery teachers quit due to low pay

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Many kindergarten teachers in the northern province of Thanh Hoa quit on the first day of the new school year Monday, asking for a raise.


The 62 teachers, who are not on the government payroll at Mau Lam Commune and Thanh Tan Commune Kindergartens, were paid under a province government's decision in 2007 that supports kindergarten teachers using the state budget.


But the support could not guarantee them a living, which forced the teachers to quit and lodge requests to local authorities asking for higher payment, said Hooang Thi Chung, principle of Mau Lam Commune Kindergarten.


Teachers from Mau Lam school said they are getting paid VND985,000 (US$47) a month, but they only receive between VND480,000-500,000 after payment is cut from different kinds of fees including insurance and labor union fees.


Le Van Hung, chairman of Nhu Thanh District government, also said the current support for the teachers is low.


The province is considering passing a new policy to give kindergarten teachers better payment, Hung said.


Officials from Thanh Hoa Department of Education and Training visited the communes on Tuesday to assess the situation.

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