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Business-vocational school link key to workers’ training, says HCMC trainer

In Vietnam Education on January 21, 2010 at 12:58 am

Close coordination between businesses and vocational training centers is a key factor in boosting the quality of training and ensuring trainees get jobs after graduation, a lecturer at several schools in Ho Chi Minh City, told SGGP.

After reading a series of articles themed “The Party and the people: From theory to practice” the newspaper published, Tran Tien Duc has written to share his opinions on the issue.

Tran Tien Duc, a lecturer at several vocational training schools in HCMC, has called on the city to improve coordination between businesses and vocational schools to improve the quality of workers’ training (Photo: SGGP)

He writes:
Most HCMC-based workers have modest educational and professional qualifications and fail to meet employers’ needs in a city that is rapidly becoming a market economy.

So Action Plan No. 38 launched recently by the city Party Committee to improve the quality of human-resource training, including workers’ training, is indispensable.

The plan dovetails with the Party’s Central Executive Committee’s policy on boosting workers’ qualifications to meet the country’s modernization and industrialization needs.

To build a strong workforce by 2020 as it targets, besides opening training courses and encouraging workers to improve their skills, the city should also adopt policies to strengthen coordination between businesses and vocational schools to improve training quality and ensure jobs for trainees.

Upon completion of their training, trainees need to get well-regarded diplomas that enable them to find jobs easily.

Trainers’ qualifications should be improved if the city wants to enhance training quality.

“Teachers must have professional knowledge, a lot of practical experience, and innovative teaching methods.”

Such people can be chosen from among winners of the Ton Duc Thang Award organized annually  by SGGP and the city Labor Federation to honor outstanding teachers.

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Vocational training should reflect market demand: official

In Vietnam Education on January 21, 2010 at 12:57 am

Vietnamese vocational schools will set out to recruit and train 1,748,000 people in 2010, aiming to raise the ratio of skilled workers nationwide to 30 percent. The specific type of training offered should reflect market demand and requirements, said head of the General Department of Vocational Training Nguyen Tien Dung.

Students at the Ho Chi Minh City Vocational College. Career-training institutes and companies need to work together to ensure graduates’ skills meet the needs of employers, said head of the General Department of Vocational Training Nguyen Tien Dung. (Photo: SGGP)

In 2009, around 1.7 million students received some form of vocational training at institutes across the country.

Vocational colleges trained 89,000 students, vocational schools trained 198,000, and vocational training centers trained around 1.42 million students.

However, Mr. Dung said that the quality and effectiveness of the training has so far failed to meet market requirements.

To date, vocational centers and schools have recruited students themselves and held their own examinations. But starting this year, the General Department of Vocational Training will manage and monitor schools’ recruitment policies to increase the quality of students, said the department head.

In addition, the department will spend more time examining the quality of vocational school programs in 2010. While the number of institutes has increased rapidly nationwide, many focus more on the quantity of students rather than the quality of training.

In 2009, 17 more vocational colleges and 50 more vocational schools were established, taking the total tally in Vietnam to 107 and 264 respectively.

The country now has 864 vocational training centers and over 1,000 other vocational establishments.

Mr. Dung said the General Department of Vocational Training had investigated some schools and discovered that there were many problems in recruitment, training, and curriculums.

In addition, the infrastructure of some schools had not kept pace with the number of recruited students.

The department in 2010 will investigate all vocational schools and permit only those who meet infrastructure, teaching, and curriculum standards to continue operating.
Vietnam now has 21,630 vocational teachers, with 3,650 working in vocational colleges, the department said.

Most of the teachers graduated from high school and went on to study at vocational schools. They were then selected for further training in education to become vocational teachers. 

As a result, the quality of many such teachers is not high, the department said.

To improve teaching quality, the department is concentrating on training vocational college teachers to instruct in 188 different fields.

Over the next few years, there will be a new generation of teachers qualified to train students in 188 careers in accordance with market demand, Mr. Dung said.

Companies, schools need better cooperation

Students practice assembling capacitors at the Ho Chi Minh City Vocational College. (Photo: SGGP)

One of the biggest problems nowadays is that vocational graduates report difficulty in finding jobs, while businesses still lack human resources.

Mr. Dung said there are many reasons for this. Some students choose vocational programs for which there are very few actual careers available, while others fail to meet businesses’ skill requirements. Many enterprises report having to retrain workers after hiring them.

Vocational schools should thus cooperate with businesses in specifying what the firms require and train students accordingly, said Mr. Dung.

Training institutes should also be more active in forming relationships with businesses by establishing specialized departments, which would be responsible for calling on companies to participate in the training process.

The General Department says it will soon begin instructing vocational schools to start implementing changes.

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Ministry honors education sector contributors

In Vietnam Education on January 16, 2010 at 3:04 pm

A ceremony honoring entrepreneurs and benefactors who have made outstanding contributions to the development of the country’s education system was held January 15 by the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) in Hanoi.

An English class in Tran Khai Nguyen high school. Investment in the educational sector is limited because the country is still poor, says President Nguyen Minh Triet (Photo: U. Phuong)

Since 2007, domestic and overseas contributors have donated over VND1.293 billion (US$ 101,000); US$17.856 million, EUR 276,828; and 167,127 square meters of land for the construction of educational institutes.

The ceremony also praised Phan Thanh Hung from the Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu who offered over 23,000 square meters of land; and Tran Van Thua and Phan Le Thu from the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap who provided 2,802 and 2,000 square meters of land respectively.

Nguyen Thi Tuyet from the southern province of Soc Trang has offered land for schools three times and also called on her relatives, who lived on viable school land, to exchange properties with her. She then donated this land for schools.

In addition, seven ethnic minority families in the highland province of Kon Tum provided 19,500 square meters of land for schools, and six farmers in the central province of Hue agreed to donate 10,000 square meters.

Speaking at the ceremony, President Nguyen Minh Triet stressed that investment in the educational sector is limited because the country is still poor. Both local enterprises and overseas benefactors have relieved much of the burden in this crucial area of development, however, as they believe in the benefits of improving Vietnam’s education system.

The education sector thus ought to manage itself well out of respect for such benefactors, he added.

Mr. Triet also expected the sector would grow and improve thanks to the efforts of all other sectors in the country.

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HCMC teachers lament small Tet bonuses

In Vietnam Education on January 15, 2010 at 9:17 am

Educators in Ho Chi Minh City say that despite their hard work and dedication, they will likely receive extremely small Tet (Lunar New Year) bonuses this year, if at all.

Teachers in HCMC say their annual Tet bonuses are extremely low while staff at some companies enjoy bonuses of hundreds of millions of dong. (Photo: SGGP)

Trinh Thi Quyen Quyen, a teacher from An Ha Primary School in the city’s Binh Chanh District said she hasn’t heard anything about this year’s bonus. It makes her sad, she added, to think that some businesses offer their staff hundreds of millions of dong each, while teachers barely scrimp by.

Last year, the school offered teachers just VND200,000 each, Quyen said, and she’s not sure she’ll be able to afford many Tet staples this holiday season.

An Ha School teachers, however, are still luckier than those in many other primary schools in Hoc Mon District.

Dang Quang Minh, a teacher from Cau Xang Primary School said that his school could not afford any Tet bonuses.

Inner-city schools earn money for Tet bonuses from canteens, parking lots, and by renting out space for night classes. But those in suburban areas do not have the same advantage, Minh said.

The Cau Xang School set up a fund through its student-parent association, which charges parents VND70,000 a year. Most of the funds are used for awards, scholarships and helping poor students, Minh said, with little left over for Tet bonuses.

As a result, teachers in suburban areas hope to receive assistance from city and district budgets, but financial help is not guaranteed.

Some inner-city schools save all year to pay teachers a bonus.

Dien Bien Primary School in District 10, for instance, has just 125 students and thus only a small fund from the student-parent association.

The school nonetheless tried its best to save and will offer each teacher VND300,000 this Tet, school Principle Tran Minh Thu said.

Teachers at Phan Van Han Primary School will also receive a bonus of VND300,000 this year.

Teacher Nguyen Thi Thanh Xuan from the school complained, however, that primary school teachers are not paid for marking exam papers like secondary and high school teachers are, despite the fact that primary teachers mark up to 100 papers a day.

Some schools justify not paying an extra full-month’s salary to staff at Tet –like most businesses do – by pointing out that teachers are paid for three months in the summer despite not having to teach.

Teachers, however, say that in reality they spend two-thirds of their summer vacation attending professional courses and working in other capacities.

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A$6.7 mln scholarships for Vietnamese scholars to study in Australia

In Vietnam Education on January 15, 2010 at 9:17 am

Forty-eight Vietnamese scholars and professionals have been selected to receive prestigious Australian Endeavour Awards for study, research and professional development in Australia in 2010, the Australian Embassy in Hanoi announced Wednesday.

The total value of these awards is up to AUD6.7 million, equivalent to VND114 billion, the Australian Embassy said.

“The 2010 Endeavour awardees are excellent scholars and potential leaders. I believe that after their return from Australia they will apply their new skills and knowledge to contribute to Vietnam’s development” Australian Ambassador Allaster Cox said in a statement.

Twenty-six scholars were presented with their awards at a function held at the Australian Ambassador’s residence in Hanoi Wednesday.

The other 22 scholars receive their awards in Ho Chi Minh City soon, the embassy said but did not tell a day.

The Australian Endeavour Awards are selected on merit through an international competition. They develop leadership, research and academic excellence and build linkages between Australia and other Asia-Pacific countries, according to the Australian Government.

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Students from remote areas exempted from foreign language requirement

In Vietnam Education on January 12, 2010 at 12:36 pm

Students in remote regions, many of whom do not have the opportunity to study foreign languages, will have an alternative subject as an option in their high-school graduation exams this year.

An English class at Luong The Vinh secondary school, District 1, HCM City (Photo: SGGP)

This is one of the decisions made at a conference held Monday in Hanoi to review last year’s high-school and university admissions and examinations and discuss possible changes to the high school graduation and university entrance exams this year.

But in other areas, a foreign language will continue to be one of three compulsory subjects in high-school exams in addition to literature and mathematics.

The Ministry of Education and Training asked relevant agencies to continue to gather opinions from participants to consider further changes.

The ministry seeks to make changes to examination regulations to make testing better and more effective while still keeping it simple, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education and Training Nguyen Thien Nhan said.

The final changes related to exam regulations are expected to be announced on January 31.

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Intel announces scholarships for engineering students

In Vietnam Education on January 12, 2010 at 12:36 pm

(File) Intel grants scholarships to 49 students on May 29, 2009 at Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology.

Intel Products Vietnam Ltd. Co. announced January 11 a scholarship program starting next July for third- and fourth-year technology students.

Together with the US’ Portland University, it will grant scholarships to 20-25 students from the University of Technology, International University, University of Education and Techniques, HCM City University of Science, and Danang University of Technology, among others.

After graduation in June 2012, the students will return to Vietnam and work for the company in Ho Chi Minh City.

Candidates can register at from January 15 to February 15.

Intel’s US$1 billion chip plant in the city is expected to open in the second quarter of this year.

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Gov’t to increase education funding in 2010

In Vietnam Education on December 26, 2009 at 12:25 pm

Deputy Prime Minister and Education and Training Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan said December 25 that government spending on education would increase in 2010.

Government spending on education would increase in 2010 (Photo: SGGP)

He was speaking at a meeting in Ho Chi Minh City held by the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) to discuss the use of state budget funds for educational institutions next year.

According to the Planning and Finance Department under MOET, the government funds just VND2.39 million (US$129) for each postgraduate a year and VND2.15 million for each graduate. The figures are low compared to other countries.

Nguyen Van Ngu, director of the Planning and Finance Department, said low investment in education is the most obvious obstacle in obtaining state-of-the-art teaching equipment and retaining good teachers.

Pham Quang Trung, deputy head of the Hanoi-based National Economics University, said a roadmap is needed if more schools are to become self-financing.

Da Nang University officials, meanwhile, agreed that more investment in education is necessary.
Dr. Nguyen Van My, head of the Hanoi Industry Art College proposed MOET increase spending on students in arts, jewelry and lacquer programs because very few learners pursue such sectors.

Only eight to 10 students enroll in classes each year and the government pays arts teachers just VND29,000 per period. Thus, most teachers end up leaving the profession.

Dr. Tu Quang Hien, director of Thai Nguyen University, complained slow disbursement of state budget funds to schools is causing headaches.

For instance, the National Economics University planned to construct a training center estimated to cost around VND700 billion. That figure has now grown to over VND900 billion, however, and the government granted just VND50 billion in 2009 while the school says it received only VND23 billion. 
The deputy minister said schools must be cautious about continually increasing tuition while failing to increase teaching quality, as the public will become angry.

The Planning and Finance Department says it will spend over VND4, 856 billion on education in 2010, a year-on-year increase of VND4, 394 billion. 
The new financial plan for state-owned schools is expected to take effect soon. Under the plan, tuitions will be increased for students studying social sciences, economics and law, technology, natural sciences, forestry-aquatic products, pharmaceutical medicine, sports and art.

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Higher education needs appropriate policies: professor

In Vietnam Education on December 23, 2009 at 11:31 am

Appropriate policies are needed to create effective laws on higher education, said Professor Pham Phu at a seminar on December 22 attended by education management authorities, experts, scholars and representatives of the National Assembly Office. 

Professor Van Nhu Cuong speaks at a seminar on higher education on December 22 (Photo: SGGP)

Prof. Phu said, “Deputy Minister Pham Gia Khiem ordered relevant agencies to draft and make clear mechanisms of for-profit education and nonprofit education in 2005. But to date, no mechanism has been formed.”
“The line between public and private schools is not as significant as determining a for-profit or nonprofit school,” he added.
He addressed complaints that there are too many newly established universities, saying that it’s important to look at the current increase of students.
The policy of establishing more universities is good, as local universities have contributed to making education more accessible. More universities should be established and there is nothing wrong with the increase of students, Prof. Phu said.
It’s not good, however, that agencies have slackened their management of universities, allowing unqualified universities to enroll and educate students, he added.
“I was really surprised to learn that no one is in charge of the educational economy in Vietnam. We completely lack a basis of reasoning for this important issue,” he said.
Dr. Cao Dac Hien of the Ho Chi Minh City University of Industry said, “We need to define clearly that ‘learners’ of higher education are customers, and customers have the right to choose ‘products’.”
Therefore, to attract learners, the higher education sector has to improve its quality, he added.
Tran Thi Ha, head of the Ministry of Education and Training’s Higher Education Department, said 13 of 22 universities established from 2006 to 2009 have yet to be built and have to rent facilities in the meantime.
The establishment of universities has faced difficulties, especially in space clearance and applying for construction licenses, because localities haven’t supported or prioritized it, she said. 
Agreeing with Ms. Ha, former Minister of Education and Training Professor Tran Hong Quan said, “I recall that the Government issued a decree on exempting tax, allocating space and even building facilities for universities, but I don’t know why localities have yet to implement it.”
Prof. Quan hoped that the National Assembly Office, NA deputies and relevant agencies would report this issue to the NA.

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Teacher sacked for improper conduct

In Vietnam Education on December 16, 2009 at 10:30 am

The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Education and Training (DoET) has fired teacher Vo Hai Binh after he forced a student to perform physical exercise as a form of punishment.

DoET Director Huynh Cong Minh said teacher Vo Hai Binh had breached ethical standards and school regulations by forcing a student to perform exercise as a punishment ( Photo: Ngoc Anh)

The department accepted a recommendation December 15 from Le Quy Don high school’s discipline council that Binh be sacked for improper conduct towards 11th grader Le Anh Tuan.

The student was hospitalized for injuries he reportedly suffered after Binh ordered him to cross his arms, hold his ears and quickly bend up and down 100 times.

DoET’s Director Huynh Cong Minh said the teacher had breached ethical standards and school regulations. Le Quy Don officials say they had previously warned Binh to improve his conduct several times, but he failed to comply.

However, members of the public wondered how the exercise performed by the student could have been so severe as to lead to his hospitalization. Mr. Minh responded by saying that teachers were ultimately responsible for what happened in their class.

A skilled teacher will not have to resort to enforcing physical punishment to change a student’s behavior, he said.

Mr. Minh also pointed out that Le Quy Don high school has just 30 students per class (instead of 50-60 students like other schools) and teachers here have more resources. Thus, it is unreasonable for teachers to become so upset that they feel physical punishment is the only option, said Mr. Minh.

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