Schools in some remote areas of the central region are facing difficulties attracting students back to schools after the Tet holiday as many prefer staying at home to help their parents with new farm crops. Only eight pupils attended a class at Ba Xa Secondary School in Ba To District, Quang Ngai Province afterTet last year. It has always been difficult for teachers in some remote and mountainous areas of Quang Tri, Quang Ngai, Quang Nam and Thua Thien-Hue provinces to call for pupils to return to school after the holiday. Besides the long distance and poor quality education facilities, thousands of pupils choose to quit school this time to help their parents with the new crops. According to deputy director of Quang Ngai Provincial Department of Education and Training, Nguyen Kien, pupils dropping out of school after Tet occurs every year. “Our report showed that more than 2,500 pupils haven’t returned to schools in the whole province as of February 10,” Kien revealed. “Ba To District saw the highest number with over 1,500. One of the reasons for this situation is that the ethnic minority people here had a longer Tet holiday. Besides, many pupils stayed home to help their parents with the new crop.” Many schools in the two mountainous districts of Huong Hoa and Dakrong in Quang Tri Province have also reported high number of absent pupils in recent days. Head of Dakrong District’s Department of Education and Training, Nguyen Si Huan, expressed concerns over the number….