HCM CITY (Bernama) – Vietnam is keen to reduce the number of child labourers who account for 10 per cent of children in the country, Vienam News Agency (VNA) reported.
Statistics from the Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Ministry show around 1.8 million children are working illegally in Vietnam, with the majority living in rural areas and 67 per cent working in the agriculture industry.
Deputy Minister Doan Mau Diep said at a child labour workshop last month that employing children aged 5 to 17 to work more than seven hours a day is against the law.
The deputy minister proposed raising public awareness on child labour, impose sanctions on employers of child labourers and provide aid packages to encourage poor children to attend school instead of work.
Diep hailed an ongoing project funded by the International Labour Organisation and the US Department of Labour to help Vietnam eradicate child labour in the garment and brick manufacturing sectors.