Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has approved a national target programme on education for ethnic minority, mountainous and disadvantaged areas across the country between 2016 and 2020.

The programme aims to provide financial support for the construction, expansion and renovation of boarding schools for ethnic students with total investment of more than 17.6 billion USD).

It will also offer 176 million USD in funds to repair, upgrade, expand and provide necessary facilities for more than 1,000 schools, including semi-boarding high schools for ethnic minority students as well as elementary and secondary schools with day boarders, in extremely difficult areas.

These schools will get support to purchase basic teaching aids, classroom desks and chairs, equipment for catering services and residential houses for students.-

Part of the sum will be used to purchase utensils and equipment for canteens, kitchens and dormitories at the targeted schools.-VNA