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Gia Lai (VNA) – The Central Highlands province of Gia Lai will provide meal subsidy to ethnic minority students in remote areas to encourage them to pursue study.

The provincial authorities have issued detailed instructions on the subsidy, targeting students who live too far from school to go to school and return home within the day.

Accordingly, primary students whose homes are 4km or more away from school, and secondary students whose houses are at least 7km from school, are eligible to benefit from the subsidy, which will be used to pay for their meals at school. Their schools will also receive funding for organising the cooking of students’ meals.

For areas with mountainous terrains and underdeveloped transport, the distance between home and school would be 2km or more for primary students and 3km or more for secondary students.

The province’s move is in line with the Government’s Decree 116/2016/ND-CP, which stipulates meal and housing subsidy for ethnic minority students in disadvantaged areas.

The policy is designed to address the situation in mountainous areas where many ethnic students drop out of school due to poverty and difficulties in getting to school.-VNA