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School principal arrested for allegedly misappropriating student fees in Vietnam

School principal arrested for allegedly misappropriating student fees in Vietnam

Wednesday, May 26, 2021, 11:49 GMT+7
School principal arrested for allegedly misappropriating student fees in Vietnam
The school gate of Nguyen Ba Ngoc Elementary School in Rach Gia City, Kien Giang Province, Vietnam. Photo: K. Nam / Tuoi Tre

Police in the southern Vietnamese province of Kien Giang said on Wednesday that they decided to begin legal proceedings against the principal of a local elementary school for property embezzlement of more than VND1.78 billion (US$77,270).

The principal, Tran Thi Lien, 50, who hails from northern Thai Binh Province, had been arrested last week.

According to an initial investigation, since the 2018-19 school year, Nguyen Ba Ngoc Elementary School in Kien Giang’s Rach Gia City has organized semi-boarding classes, with over 600 students staying at school from morning to afternoon.

The school management board collected VND250,000 ($11) service fees and VND30,000 ($1.3) per meal for a month from each student. 

After collecting money, Lien, as the school principal, directed the school treasurer to give the amounts to her, instead of depositing them in an account opened at the Vietnam state treasury as prescribed.

Only in the 2019-20 school year, Lien misappropriated a total of VND1.35 billion ($58,600) in service fees and student meals. 

In the 2020-21 academic year, the principal continued to appropriate VND435 million ($18,880) worth of school uniform fees, instead of paying for the uniform producer.

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