The number of students enrolled in first grade this year is expected to surge by over 11,000 due to the 2007 baby boom, according to the Hanoi Department of Education and Training.

By 2023, the city plans to use five percent of its total land area for public purposes and utilise unoccupied land for the construction of schools, said Vice Chairwoman of the city’s People's Committee Nguyen Thi Bich Ngoc.

Around 900,000 babies were born nationwide in 2007, the year of the Golden Pig in the lunar calendar, as many believed it was a particularly lucky year to give birth.-VNA