Phu Tho, Vietnam - In a significant move to support education for underprivileged students, the Department of State Reserves, overseeing Vinh Phuc and Phu Tho provinces, has distributed over 267 tonnes of rice to nearly 4,500 disadvantaged students in Phu Tho province. This initiative is part of a broader effort to alleviate the challenges faced by students from less privileged backgrounds in pursuing their education.
According to Vietnam News Agency, Decree 116/2016/ND-CP issued by the Vietnamese Government, students in specially disadvantaged communes are entitled to receive 15kg of rice each month for no more than nine months per year. The decree also provides for additional support in food and housing for these students. This policy aims to reduce the financial burden on students from low-income families and ensure their consistent attendance at school.
The rice support policy has been a cornerstone in the government's effort to enhance the quality of education in Phu Tho province. Implemented promptly and effectively for many years, the initiative has played a crucial role in helping disadvantaged students continue their education without the added stress of food insecurity. The positive impact of this policy extends beyond immediate nutritional support, contributing to broader improvements in the local educational landscape.
This initiative reflects the Vietnamese government's commitment to educational equity, ensuring that students from all socio-economic backgrounds have the opportunity to attend school regularly and achieve academic success.