Coaching for Senior Highschool Selection Banned

Mr. Huynh Cong Minh

Ho Chi Minh City Department of Education and Training has officially imposed a ban on coaching courses for students in preparation for the 10th grade entrance exams.

The Department has determined that the high school entrance exam, with questions limited to ninth form’s curricula, will be organized immediately at the end of the school year.

Sai Gon Giai Phong Reporter talks with Director of Ho Chi Minh City Department of Education and Training on this contentious issue.

SGGP Repoter: The Department has imposed a ban coaching courses for students in preparation for the 10th form entrance exam. Many learners complain that they might not succeed in the high school entrance exam without the classes. What do you think about that?

Mr. Huynh Cong Minh: Parents deservedly have the expectation of their children’s good academic results. But, we all want that they must be equipped with factual information to make right decisions on their children’s study.

Students should not take any coaching courses, which may increase their cost and consume their energy inefficiently. And, it is the core curricula that learners should focus on to get the best records.

-You seem to believe in the ban that it would balance the strong desire to reach the best results and the restriction on extra training class, don’t you?

Yes, I do. This year’s ninth form curriculum is the latest and only the teachers in charge of the classes can master. Questions in the tests will not go far beyond what students have accumulated in the ninth grade.

Plus, tests are prepared by the staff of HCMC Department of Education and Training instead of teachers of highschools and other educational institutions.

-What are the measures to effect the ban?

At the beginning, HCMC Department of Education and Training will help educational experts and teachers understand the main objectives of the ban.

Teachers of 9th grades in secondary schools will then communicate the purpose of the restriction to parents and students in a hope that students will have good study at schools.

The department will inspect all educational centers and decide appropriate punishments to violating institutions. We hope that the comprehensive ban will be greatly supported by all learners.

-If students have taken half of the coaching course, will the tuitions be refunded?

Those institutions, which have received tuition fees, must negotiate with students to conveniently refund the money in a short time.

By Hong Lien - Translated by Van Hanh

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