VietNamNet Bridge - Hundreds of teachers in HCM City have not been paid over the last year, while hundreds of teachers in Nghe An province have only received 85 percent of basic wages. This means that teachers don not receive pay from the state budget as other civil workers, but from districts’ localities or schools where they work. Nguyen Thi Tinh, a teacher of Ho Tong Thoc Primary School in Yen Thanh district, who has been working there for the last 14 years, receives VND2 million a month. Like Tinh, the other seven teachers of the schools also work under the labor contracts with districts or the school and receive modest pay. Since the employers don’t pay social insurance for them, they have to pay themselves, which means their real monthly income is just VND1.2 million. Phap Luat reported that 117 teachers in district 1 in HCMC have been working without pay for 15 months. The teachers passed the exams to become civil servants in August 2015, but they still have not … [Read more...] about Teachers struggle to live with low wages, delayed payments
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>> HCM City primary schools face dire English teacher shortage Since the launch of a national pilot programme last year to teach English as a compulsory subject to third- and fourth-graders, local authorities have been struggling to find qualified teachers. The Ministry of Education and Training first introduced the programme for third-graders in 94 elementary schools in 18 provinces and cities, replacing the earlier system in which English was taught only from grade six onwards. … [Read more...] about Teacher shortage hits English pilot programme
English learning and teaching have been a bone of contention for years in Vietnam as teacher qualifications and assessment methodologies are blamed for students' failure to use the language in real life. These two issues are a major problem. Vietnamese students start studying English as early as middle school, with many even learning it in elementary school or kindergarten - just like many other countries where it is spoken as a second language - but few of them can speak the language fluently when they leave high school. "Students who have studied English for seven years beginning in grade six are often not able to use English beyond simple greetings and questions such as 'hello,' 'good-bye,' and 'what's your name?'" says Dr. Diana L. Dudzik, a senior fellow at an education ministry project on foreign language improvement. Many have attributed myriad reasons to this problem, but everything seems to boil down to unqualified teachers and an outdated testing model. … [Read more...] about English teaching in Vietnam: Teacher ‘re-education’
English teachers in Ho Chi Minh City at a training session designed to prepare them to be tested on their language skills An ongoing national survey has revealed that the English skills of most teachers of the language in Vietnam are falling behind international standards. Nguyen Ngoc Hung, chief of the national project of teaching and learning foreign languages through 2020, said 97 percent of high school teachers, and 93 percent of elementary and secondary school teachers failed the English tests that the education ministry drafted in accordance with European standards. Worse still, 17 percent of elementary school teachers tested only achieved a beginner's level, he said. The results were recorded in 30 provinces and cities that have taken the tests so far, which were based on either the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages or the framework set by the Association of Language Testers in Europe. Rates were especially low in some provinces. In the Mekong Delta City … [Read more...] about English teachers in Vietnam lag behind world standards
Vietnamese teachers, who specialize in preparing students for the university entrance exam or the entrance exams to the schools for the gifted, are called the “super rich men” because of their huge profits of hundreds of millions of dong a year.Are teachers rich or poor? T has been very famous in HCM City as the mathematics teacher. All the high school students who want to pass the university entrance exam – the most important exam in their lives – want to attend the private tutoring classes of the teachers. The annual tuition a student has to pay to attend T’s classes is 6 million dong. As such, T can earn 420 million dong a year from a class with 70 students. Meanwhile, he runs more than one class, which means that he can earn billions of dong a year. The high income of the teachers has been compared with the huge income of the richest businessmen. However, analysts say teachers can obtain higher profitability than businessmen, because they do not … [Read more...] about Vietnamese teachers are the richest teachers in the world?