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In photos: Vietnam students exhausted by private tutoring

In photos: Vietnam students exhausted by private tutoring

Monday, September 15, 2014, 16:47 GMT+7

In My Tho City in southern Vietnam, parents send their children as young as six – the age of the first grade – to private tutors as early as 5:30 am with a view to giving them an edge over their classmates.

Private tutoring classes are now booming in My Tho, the capital of Tien Giang Province in the Mekong Delta, as the new school year already began on September 5.

Students from the first to twelfth grades there are forced by their parents to attend extra tutoring sessions to reach higher levels of achievement at school.

Meanwhile, first graders who are more often than not tired at the end of the day are then further worn out by after-school tutoring.

Some students have to skip their regular meals while others opt for Vietnamese-style bread, or bánh mì, as a snack before studying in these extra classes.

In My Tho, a private tutoring class run by a chemistry teacher on Hung Vuong Street even starts at 5:30 am while many other classes finish as late as 10:00 pm.

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Students from the first to twelfth grades in My Tho City are forced by their parents to attend extra tutoring sessions to reach higher levels of achievement at school.

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After riding their children to a tutoring class at dawn, many parents do not return home but wait outside the classroom. When the kids have finished their tutoring class, the parents will take them to breakfast or ride them to school, or even another tutoring session.

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Students attend a tutoring class after school in My Tho.

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To attend a chemistry tutoring class at 5:30 am, this student gets up at 4:00 am so that he can arrive there at 4:50 am. 

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A student eats Vietnamese-style bread, or bánh mì, during an after-school class.

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A student washes his face before attending a tutoring session. 

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These students leave a math tutoring class on Ly Thuong Kiet Street at 10:05 pm.

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Between 4:45 am and 5:10 am every day, a number of 8th and 11th graders like the boy in this photo are driven by their parents to a tutoring class run by a chemistry teacher on Hung Vuong Street in My Tho City. 

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