Inadequate facilities hinder modernising education

At a conference organised by the Ministry of Education and Training in Ho Chi Minh City on March 14, it was noted that a considerable educational gap existed in different regions, as well as a shortage of necessary training facilities, which hindered modernisation of the educational system.

Tran Khai Nguyen High school in district 5 in HCMC (Photo: U. Phuong)

At the 2nd General Conference of the 7th Competition Group in HCMC, it was also pointed out that in a study conducted of the five cities under this group, namely, Hanoi; the northern city of Hai Phong; the central city of Da Nang; the Mekong delta city of Can Tho; and Ho Chi Minh City; the numbers of weak students and drop-outs, and the educational quality in each of the cities varied greatly.

Besides, with a low number of national-standard schools and insufficient equipment and facilities, it was not possible to fulfill the task of modernisation and upgrading the educational system.

In fact, it is extremely difficult for all students to attend both morning and afternoon schools, as there are only 126 schools in Ho Chi Minh City, 68 in Can Tho City, 606 in Hanoi, 245 in Hai Phong City, and 115 in Da Nang City.

Moreover, since the implementation of Government Resolution No.11 on curbing inflation, many existing projects to build or renovate school facilities have been temporarily put on hold.

At the conference, representatives of all the five cities urged the Ministry of Education and Training to focus on better planning of human resources, such as for teachers, educational consultants, cooks, kindergarten nurses, so as to be in accordance with proper qualifications.

The five cities also asked for the implementation of standards to recognize high-quality schools as a factor to determine tuition fee as well as legal documents on management of opening foreign invested schools.

By L. Linh – Translated by Uyen Phuong

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