Preschool teachers in extremely difficult villages, communes, in coastal areas and islands will enjoy an additional allowance of VND450,000 ($20) per month due to a new decree.
A teacher and her students in a class of Hoa Ban Kindergarten in Din Chi village, Chieng On commune, Yen Chau district in the northern mountainous province of Son La
Decree 105/2020 /ND-CP specifies policies for preschool education development, including policies for preschool classrooms, children and teachers.
The decree was issued to replace Decree 06/2018/ND-CP, which become invalid from the beginning of November this year when the new decree comes into effect.
Under the old decree, preschool teachers only received support for teaching aids and funding for training while they attended training courses.
Teachers can enjoy the allowance if they teach two sessions per day in groups of children from two years of age or older or directly teach the Vietnamese language reinforcement to groups of children from ethnic minorities.
The time to enjoy the support is calculated according to the actual number of teaching months but must not exceed nine months per school year.
The allowance is paid in conjunction with their monthly salary payment and is not used for payments for social insurance benefits, health insurance and unemployment insurance.
The decree will also help public kindergartens in communes with extremely difficult socio-economic conditions in coastal areas, islands and communes in difficult areas feed the children they educate.
Funding to feed preschool children will be calculated based on the number of children allowed to have boarding meals, at least equal to VND2.4 million (US$100) per month per 45 children.
Each school is entitled to no more than five times the above support level per month and not more than nine months per school year.
Private kindergartens in industrial zones licensed by authorities with at least 30 per cent of children being workers' children in the industrial zones are provided equipment, toys and teaching aids according to the list prescribed by the Ministry of Education and Training and funding for repairing facilities.
The minimum level of support is VND20 million ($870) per kindergarten.
Also under the decree, children belonging to the below groups will be supported with VND160,000 ($7) per child per month for lunch.
They include children with parents or caregivers residing permanently in extremely difficult villages, communes, and extremely poor coastal areas and islands, children in poor and near-poor families, children of martyrs, war invalids, sick soldiers, children of Heroes of the People's Armed Forces, and children with disabilities.
The supportive period is no more than nine months per school year.