US$312.5 Million to Upgrade Teachers’ Training Facilities

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The investment needed to upgrade teachers’ training schools and educational administrative facilities in the period of 2006-2010 is estimated at VND5 trillion (about US$312.5 million), mostly on equipments, textbooks and libraries, according to the Ministry of Education and Training (MET).

Of the figure, US$25 million will be allocated to two main teachers’ universities in Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh City. Another US$131.25 million will be invested in 118 other teachers’ schools nationwide.

Starting 2007, a US$156.25 million project on training teachers and educational administrators, upgrading facilities at teachers’ schools will be carried out.

The government will also continue to invest in the modernization of teaching tools, libraries, labs, as well build more dorms and university professors’ offices.

The MET says that no more local teachers’ schools will be established in the next four years. Existing schools will be upgraded to interdisciplinary ones, including teachers’ training faculty.

At present, there are 122 teacher schools with about 60,000 lecturers, of whom 33 percent hold post-graduate degrees.

By Dinh Lan- Translated by Hoang Uy

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