City authority asks to stop new English teaching program

The People’s Committee in Ho Chi Minh City sent July 5 a guideline asking the city's Department of Education and Training (DOET) to stop implementation of a new English teaching program “Integrated Program”.

After discusses with the Ministry of Education and Training, the Committee issued the guideline asking the Education Department  to stop the program which has not been approved by the city Committee and make assessment of the available program, Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), which was allowed by the Ministry in state-run schools.

The city's Education Department was asked to make a detailed assessment of every aspect of IGCSE. Moreover, it has to explain the reason to stop the approved program and how it affects students and parents’ interest.

Before, on June 23, the Department and EMG Education Corporation announced that the Department had talked with the UK's Ministry of Education on the implementation of the new English teaching program called “Integrated program”, a new curriculum for teaching and learning Maths, Science and English at schools in HCMC, and the program would be piloted in the academic year 2014-2015.

Two following days, the Department sent guidelines for registering the program to schools in the city.

However, on June 30, the British Embassy in Vietnam issued a press release quoting British Consul General Douglas Barnes that there is no agreement between the Department for Education (DfE) of the Standard and Testing Agency (STA) from the UK with the city's Education Department and /or EMG to supply curriculum test materials or to qualify assure any aspect of teaching delivered in HCMC nor any official talk has been made to DfE or STA to discuss such arrangement.

By Khanh Binh - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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