Bucking common sense

Unsurprisingly the Ministry of Education and Training has been under fire since its big-ticket draft scheme to overhaul general education curricula and textbooks made headlines in local media last week. A public debate is still ongoing as to why the ministry has drafted a scheme costing a staggering VND70 trillion (VND3.44 billion) without due diligence. Experts say the ministry has taken an upside-down approach and that it cannot proceed with the scheme due to the lack of an overall … [Read more...]

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Experts dismiss new USD3.39 billion education project

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>> Textbook prices on the rise A VND70 trillion (USD3.39 billion) project on reforming high-school education being complied by the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) is facing strong opposition from many experts. The project aims to comprehensively reform current high school curriculum and textbook content to bring them in line with international standards to meet the demands of national socio-economic development. Investment for the project is expected to be sourced … [Read more...]

The “read and write down” education

Vietnam's education has been described as the "read and write down" education (lecturers read lectures, students write down on their notebooks), which is believed to stifle the creative capacity of learners. … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s absurd textbook compilation process

But parents may not even be the strongest critics of the compilation procedure for general education textbooks. The compilers themselves have commented that the procedure they have been told to follow is an absurd one.

VietNamNet Bridge - Parents do not place high hopes in the Ministry of Education and Training's (MOET) initiative on re-compiling textbooks. At least, that's the case for parents who know how the textbook compilation process works. The late Professor Phan Trong Luan, who was the chief editor of advanced-level literature textbooks, once said that his authors had been ordered to finish compiling textbooks even though many issues had still been unresolved and under discussion. … [Read more...]

Laptops will replace books at school?

Hua Ngoc Thuan, Vice Mayor of the HCM City People's Committee, said at the meeting with the city's children on February 8, 2014, that the students would study with laptops instead of books.

VietNamNet Bridge - While technology experts believe that computers will replace students' books at school, educators keep doubtful about the prediction. He said students would not have to go to school with heavy schoolbags on their shoulders, because they would learn with computers at school. They would be able to access the information sources with the passwords to be granted to them. If so, students would have more time for practicing and extracurricular activities, because they don't … [Read more...]

Fund supporting children at industrial zones launched

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Nhan Dan Online - As many as 1,000 gifts worth a total of VND 1 billion (US$47,000) will be presented to children at processing zones and industrial parks in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), Binh Duong and Dong Nai under the newly established 'Blooming Buds' fund. The fund was launched in HCMC this morning by the Educational Research Institute (ERI) and Home Credit Vietnam, a subsidiary of Home Credit Group - one of Europe's leading providers of consumer finance. The fund is the first of its kind … [Read more...]

University accreditations unreliable

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VietNamNet Bridge - The Vietnamese university accreditations have been relying on foreign organizations. Meanwhile, they do not have enough information to do this. Where are Vietnamese schools in the world's school map? 4icu.org University Web Ranking has recently released the list of Vietnamese accredited universities. The Hanoi National University tops the list, followed by the HCM City University of Technology, Can Tho University, HCM City Agriculture and Forestry, HCM City Information … [Read more...]

Foreign-invested schools lack rules

HCM CITY (VNS) — Foreign-invested high schools are winning over more and more parents in HCM City, offering perks like field trips and well-equipped classrooms with about 20-25 students per class. However, the lack of a comprehensive legal framework for this kind of educational institute makes it difficult for authorities to ensure that students are getting what they are advertised. The assessment was made by deputy director of the municipal Department of Education and Training Nguyen Hoai … [Read more...]

Primary curriculums after 2015: Less subjects, more time

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VietNamNet Bridge - After 2015, primary school students would have 37 learning weeks instead of 35 as currently, while they would have only three subjects instead of eight. The Vietnam Education Research Institute has proposed to re-design the curriculums for primary school students, believing that Vietnam should follow the "integrated and differentiated education" instead of the current education mechanism which focuses on providing academic knowledge to students. First graders now have 8 … [Read more...]

Experimented high-quality schools’ failure raises doubts about the model

VietNamNet Bridge - In the eyes of parents, high-quality schools simply mean the schools which require high tuitions. Hanoi has shown its determination to develop 18 high quality schools in the city in a pilot program. However, people have expressed their objection to the plan, citing the failure of such schools in HCM City. The story of Le Quy Don High School Le Quy Don High School in HCM City has been well known for the high quality of teaching and learning. Being a "star" school, Le Quy … [Read more...]

Two teens take lives over unfinished homework: media

BEIJING - Two teens in eastern China committed suicide after "failing to complete homework assignments," state-run media said on Friday, in an extreme case highlighting the immense pressure schoolchildren can face. In a highly competitive education system that emphasises rote learning and passing exams, Chinese students spend on average 8.6 hours a day in class and can expect several more hours of assignments afterwards. A 15-year-old boy in Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu province, who … [Read more...]

Vietnam wastes too much money to train gifted students

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VietNamNet Bridge - Trillions of dong has been spent by the state budget to train gifted students. However, experts have pointed out that this is a big waste of money. Huynh Hoang Anh, a student of the physics majoring class of the Tran Dai Nghia High School for the Gifted in HCM City, is busy reviewing math, chemistry and biology lessons to prepare for the national entrance exams to the Pham Ngoc Thach Medical University. Anh said that he does not intend to continue the studies in … [Read more...]

SOCIETY IN BRIEF 21/4

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Mekong Delta to create work for 400,000 Mekong Delta provinces plan to create jobs for around 400,000 workers this year, an increase of 100,000 people from last year, according to the Southwest Steering Committee. In order to fulfil the target, the provinces will change the labour structure towards non-agricultural sectors. In a bid to create more jobs, small-and medium-sized businesses, trade villages and cooperatives will be given priority in accessing loans, while disadvantaged groups of … [Read more...]

HCM City parents attempt to select best schools

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Many parents in big cities have been racing to send their children to prestigious schools. Besides the quality of the teachers other factors such as the condition of the school and extracurricular activities are influencing parents on their decisions. The HCM City People's Committee has banned primary schools to receive students who do not have permanent residence in the locality where the schools are located, but many students are still accepted. Vo Ngoc Thu, head of District 5's … [Read more...]

New education quality verification system takes criticism

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While a regulation on education quality verification has taken effect since January 6, many schools in HCM City said it’s unpractical and improper. Under the regulation, schools across the country will be verified based on new criteria set for school management, teacher quality, class sizes, school infrastructure and study facilities, cooperation with families and community and education results. The new regulation stipulates 35 as the maximum number of students per class for primary … [Read more...]

Teachers cannot make their mark without insightful comments

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Primary teachers should stop the habit of awarding grades or marks without making any comment, a practice that leaves children, and their parents, befuddled. A student raises his hands to contribute to a lesson at a primary school in Ho Chi Minh City. … [Read more...]

Critical thinking competition helps pupils sharpen their wits

HCM CITY (VNS) — A competition kicked off on Monday to help elementary-school students refine their critical-thinking skills. The competition, whose subject is "Who is more sharp-witted?", was organised by the Ministry of Education and Training in collaboration with the Central Team Council and FrieslandCampina and will end on December 16. There will be a total of 68 prizes worth VND217 million (US$10,432), and three rounds at the school, regional and national levels. The highest prize for … [Read more...]

Sometimes it’s better to leave children alone

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by Nguyen Thu Hien There's a scientific experiment in which three frogs are thrown into a pot of hot water ' then immediately leap out. Then the frogs are put into a pot of cool water, where they relax. But as the temperature is gradually increased, the amphibians shut their eyes without realising the coming danger. Not until the water is very hot, do they attempt to jump out, but it's too late. … [Read more...]

Vietnamese children only have booklore

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More than 80 percent of primary school students in Hanoi and HCM City are weak at analyzing and setting problems, while they only have booklore, a survey by the Education Research Institute has found. The capability of children to deal with arising problems in concrete circumstances is considered one of the most important factors to assess the intelligence and the ability of children in the present period or in the future. In the survey, children were asked to answer the questions raised … [Read more...]

Ministry orders no more perks to lure students

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The Vietnam Ministry of Education and Training has ordered many private universities to stop offering financial incentives to lure applicants in its recent dispatch to the schools. It warns inspection will be soon conducted at universities nationwide, and any violations of the country's enrolment rules will be penalized. The move comes after a report by Tuoi Tre newspaper saying many such schools are using cash, scholarships and even commissions as bait to entice applicants since very few … [Read more...]