New decree aims to elevate living standards of female workers
A conference was held in Da Nang on December 7 to provide guidance on the implementation of Decree 85/2015/ND-CP, which regulates policies toward female workers.
Participants discussed regulations related to building kindergartens around major working areas.
According to the General Statistics Office, Vietnam has close to 26 million female workers, which accounts for 48.6% of the local workforce. The rate of women at the bearing ages or having children is growing rapidly in the private sector and across industrial zones.
Nguyen Thi Hieu, Deputy Head of the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET)’s Early Childhood Education Department, said 60% of female workers at industrial zones have kids under 5 years old. Most of these women are migrants and live on pensions. Therefore, they have a high demand for nearby preschools, which are currently scarce.
Moving forward, the MoET and relevant sectors will set out to vet the scarcity of kindergartens near industrial parks, Hieu said.
The work is meant to provide practical proposals for the Government’s nursery education development project from 2016 to 2020, she added.
Pham Thanh Hong from the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour highlighted that her agency will devise specific programmes to build more kindergartens and closely monitor the implementation of the decree.
The decree was issued on October 30.