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Govt issues decree on allowances for disadvantaged schoolchildren

The government has announced a decree to promote education equality between children in towns and rural communities by supporting outstanding primary and secondary students who lack opportunities to pursue their studies.

Details of the decree on allowances for school-aged children, issued on December 15, were outlined at the recent 2017 Nationwide Meeting of Education and Sports Administrations.
The decree on student allowances, which has six clauses and 21 articles, sets out the regulations and principles for the provision of allowances for students from poor families and rural areas, orphans, children with disabilities, ethnic children, girls, and outstanding students.
The allowance for primary school students is 100,000 kip per child per month and 150,000 kip for secondary school students, so they can buy educational materials, uniforms and other essentials.
Recipients will receive the allowance until they have completed their school education.
The Ministry of Education and Sports will create a budget to provide allowances each year which will come from the state budget, grants, development partners, state and private contributions, and other local and international entities.
An official in charge of the ministry’s General Education Department said children who receive the allowance would first have to pass a selection process.
Education officials will collect information about the target students’ studies and the status of their families to ensure the allowances go to deserving children.
They will interview local authorities, teachers, students and their families because they want to know the real situation of the students’ home life to ensure the money reaches outstanding recipients from poor families in the intended provinces.
According to the announcement, the decree will help promote equality between towns and rural communities and support the government’s education policy.
Many villagers in rural communities cannot access public services and basic needs, according to a government report. For example, enrolments of school-aged children in lower and upper secondary schools in Saravan province are only 66 percent and 31.1 percent respectively.
This enrolment rate is far below the national average at 82.9 and 51.4 percent for lower and upper secondary schools respectively.
School enrolments in other provinces such as Xekong, Attapeu, Xaysomboun, Huaphan, Luang Namtha and Oudomxay are also problematic.

By Times Reporters
(Latest Update
January 4,

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