​K-12 students in Saigon to take longer Tet holiday than Hanoi peers

Students in the southern metropolis will be back to school five days later than their peers in the capital

Students are seen at a middle school in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre

K-12 students in Ho Chi Minh City are leaving their peers in Hanoi jealous as they have been given a much longer break during the upcoming Lunar New Year, or Tet, holiday, which is due in mid-February.

Kindergarten and elementary school children in the capital are allowed to take 11 days off, while middle and high school students will have a ten-day Tet break, according to the municipal Department of Education and Training.

Tet this year falls on February 16, but activities to celebrate Vietnam’s biggest holiday normally start at least a week in advance and linger for another week after the date.

The younger students in Hanoi will enjoy their holiday from February 10 to 20. The break for middle and high school students, as well as those of vocational schools, starts on February 11 and ends on February 20.

The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Education and Training has already announced a much longer holiday plan, up to 16 days, for local students of all grades.

Schools that currently adapt a five-day-a-week schedule will be enjoying the holiday for 16 days, from February 20 through 25, while those with a six-day timetable will close from February 11 to 25.

This means while the sixth day of the next lunar year is the back-to-school day for students of all grades in the capital, their peers in the southern metropolis will continue their vacation for another five days.

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