HCMC faces challenge in teacher recruitment

The 2018 – 2019 academic year in Ho Chi Minh City will start within a week, recruitment is a headache for head teachers and the education sector in the city.

HCMC faces challenge in teacher recruitment

While District 4 and Phu Nhuan District stopped receiving application of teachers on August 9, district 1 has just allowed candidates to sign up on the office of education and training’s website from August 8 to 30 and Thu Duc District education leaders plan to interview teacher applicants from August 10 to 11.
Especially, education and training bureau in Tan Binh district announced the recruitment plan will include two phases in July and December of 2018.
Worse, another problem is the shortage of English teachers in primary schools.
According to a representative of the district 1 education bureau, this year, district 1 needs 24 new English teachers for primary school in the district such as Phan Van Han, Khai Minh, Chuong Duong schools. While district 2 needs 10 English teachers, district 5 planned to recruit nine for primary schools and seven for junior high schools.
Many districts are thirsty for English teachers; for instance, nine out of 16 primary schools in district 7 have demand of recruiting English teachers. Senior high schools are more thirsty for, English teachers as schools need 70 foreign language teachers.
A Head of a central district office of education & training noted that teachers’ salary is so low that schools are struggling in recruiting and keeping them adding that while foreign English teachers receive $2000 per month, their Vietnamese peers are paid more than VND 10 million ($430) monthly.
Worse, English teachers were disappointed by the Ministry of Education & Training’s recent regulation which requires them to teach over 17 hours a week; consequently, many of them are ready to quit work in public school for higher offers from private educational institution and language centers.
Therefore, more effective solutions should be adopted to keep qualified English teachers in public schools.

By MINH QUAN - Translated by UYEN PHUONG

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