Struggling School System Gets Graded

By increasing the class day from one to two sessions (morning and afternoon), the board hopes to enhance the quality of education (Photo: VH)

Over 100 delegates, from the educational departments of 64 provinces and cities, gathered in a meeting on elementary education in the southern coastal town of Vung Tau yesterday.

The meeting was designed to comprehensively review the quality of textbooks, the nationally standardized elementary schools and the use of educational facilities for the past 5 years.

According to the announcement by the Ministry of Education and Training, the number of elementary schools has inversely grown while the number of pupils has droped dramatically; approximately 400,000 students annually.

The school truancy rate across the nation has remained quite high at 3.32 percent. Due to poverty and a lack of transportation in the region, the dropout rate in the Mekong Delta has been figured at 5.86 percent.

The meeting also reviewed the results of the construction plan for the national standard schools. It was found that only 26 percent of the plan has been completed and by no means in an equal fashion.

For instance, there are 259 standardized schools in the northern province of Ha Tinh, while only one school has been built in the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong.

The delegates unanimously agreed on an increase in the school day length for elementary students. By increasing the class day from one to two sessions (morning and afternoon), the board hopes to enhance the quality of education and cut out the unregulated independent schools presently in supplemental operation.

By LL - Translated by Van Hanh

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