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Nation lacks teachers for autistic kids

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:39 am

The public have recently raised concerns over lacking teachers in special education field that meets the unique needs of a child with a disability. The situation is worse when number of students of special education teacher schools who quit the field after graduating has increased.

An instructor tries to talk with an autistic  kid

Moreover, fewer students want to enter colleges or universities to become teachers for kids with disabilities.

Explaining reasons of the situation, Dr. Le Thi Minh Ha, Head of the Special Education Faculty of Ho Chi Minh City University of Education, said that jobs at special schools can’t get salaries from the state budget because the government doesn’t have wage policy for teachers working out of the special school system.

Budget-crunched schools in districts say that they cannot afford payments for teachers, she said.

Therefore, schools that want teachers for special education classes must pay them from the schools’ budget. Lacking salary policy for special education teachers explains why only a few schools dare to employ these teachers, while most graduates must work for private schools or left. 
Since its establishment, the Special Education Faculty has trained seven training courses and 110 graduates have received degrees. Along with regular training courses, the faculty has held five in-service courses since 2006.

However, the country still faces shortage of teachers for educating kids with a disability as there are over 100 educational establishments for disabled children, including 30 special schools for the disabled in HCM City, both state-owned and non-state institutions. These schools are thirsty for teachers.

Nationally, the rate of diagnosed cases of autism spectrum disorders has nearly skyrocketed in recent years. It is estimated that approximately 1 in every 10 children in the country are born with autism.

In such circumstance, this is a big challenge for the society in general and the sector in particular.

Moreover, there are very few experienced teachers meanwhile managers in schools for disabled pupils are not trained to deal with such kids. Furthermore, these schools are short of medical workers who evaluate progress of kids but instructors who don’t have both training and experience in working with autistic children have to do.

The government should tackle the problem by issuing proper policy for teachers to encourage more students to choose the faculty as their major, Ms. Ha added.

Source: SGGP

National economy still lacks firm stability

In Uncategorized on November 7, 2010 at 4:50 pm

VN-Index lacks impulse to advance

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 1:10 pm

Movements of VN-Index on July 15. (Photo:’s benchmark VN-Index slid for the second day on July 15 as hesitation returned to the market.

The index of 246 companies and four mutual funds listed on the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange, gave up 0.42 percent, or 2.15 points, to close at 505.19.

On the index, 67 shares increased, 136 dropped, and 47 were unmoved.

Liquidity on the market was its lowest in the past three days as just 42.6 million shares changed hands at VND1.26 trillion.

Saigon Thuong Tin Commercial Bank or Sacombank (STB) stayed on the position of most active shares by volume for the third consecutive day. The bank saw 2.96 million shares traded today.

Ocean Group Joint Stock Company (OGC) followed with 1.69 million shares changing hands.

Vietnam Electricity Construction Joint Stock Corporation (VNE) tagged along with 1.57 million shares. The company lost 4.76 percent to VND24,000 today.

From July 16 to September 14, Doan Thi Dao, sister of Dao Duc Hong – chairman of Vietnam Electricity Construction Joint Stock Corporation (VNE), registered to sell all 10,000 shares for personal expenses.

From July 16 to September 15, Nguyen Dau Thao, member of Board of Directors of Vietnam Electricity Construction Joint Stock Corporation (VNE), registered to sell 100,000 shares, cutting her holdings to 150,000 shares, to pay for purchase of additional shares.

South Logistics Joint Stock Company (SGT) declined 4.88 percent to VND39,000.

Viet Nam Land Investment Corporation (VNI) reduced 4.56 percent to VND27,200.

From July 19 to October 19, Viet Nam Land Investment Corporation (VNI) registered to buy 100,000 shares, increasing its treasury stocks to 200,130 shares.

Binh Duong Mineral and Construction Joint Stock Company (KSB) gained 4.96 percent to VND63,500.

Between May 6 and July 6, PXP Vietnam Fund Limited, a major shareholder of Binh Duong Mineral and Construction Joint Stock Company (KSB) registered to sell 176,147 shares, restructuring its investment category, but it was not able to sell because prices were not as high as expected. Its current holdings totaled 706,147 shares, accounting for 6.6 percent of VNE’s chartered capital.

Cuong Thuan Investment Corporation (CTI) rose 4.95 percent to VND48,800.

Khanh Hoi Import Export Joint Stock Company (KHA) climbed 4.94 percent to VND25,500.

Hanoi’s HNX-Index also fell 1.05 percent, or 1.71 points, to 160.71. Around 42.1 million shares changed hands, valued at VND1.23 trillion.

The UPCoM-Index lost 0.47 points to 58.16 points. The market of unlisted shares saw 133,450 shares traded at VND2.3 billion.

Source: SGGP

City lacks qualified elementary teachers

In Vietnam Education on September 18, 2009 at 4:10 pm

The new school year opened with the failure of the education sector to supply sufficient teachers for HCM City’s elementary schools. To cope with the situation, many districts have had no choice but assign the task of teaching elementary pupils to freshly graduated nursery or junior high school teachers.

Binh Chanh District had to send more than 30 freshly graduate nursery teachers to a crash course, through which they were supposed to be equipped with necessary skills and experience to teach elementary pupils.

Unlike Binh Chanh, Cu Chi District had more junior high school teachers than it needed, so those extra teachers have been transferred to elementary schools throughout the district to fill vacancies.

This nursery teacher may have to teach elementary pupils due to the city’s current shortage of elementary teachers. (Photo:SGGP)

Other districts like Thu Duc, Tan Phu and Nha Be had to resort to retired teachers. In some schools, even members of the management board had to take charge of the task of teaching so as to meet critical demand.

Although all new teachers are trying their best, parents are concerned about the quality of inexperienced teachers, as every level of education has its own specific characteristics and requirements that need teachers who are primarily trained for it.

Le Ngoc Diep, head of the Elementary Education Office, part of HCM City’s Department of Education and Training, said that despite limitations in knowledge, nursery teachers have advantage over junior high school teachers in teaching elementary pupils, as they can understand the nature of children and their needs better.

“Part of their profession is designed to study the psychology of kids,” he emphasized.

Many junior high schools teachers who take charge of teaching elementary classes said they were embarrassed when pupils told them that they needed to go to the bathroom or eat something because they were hungry. Teachers have also had to deal with arguments or fights between the children, though they have not been trained to cope with such situations yet.

People have been asking as to why the shortage has occurred. Many education experts blamed the sharp increase in the number of elementary pupils and for the boom in private elementary schools in the city.

They pointed out that private schools have lured a large number of teachers because the number of pupils in each class is only half as much as in public schools.

While a public school needs a teacher for a class of 50 pupils, a private school has classes of 25 per one teacher.

To prepare for the new school year, the HCMC Department of Education and Training has recruited more than 100 elementary teachers.

Since the new recruits could not meet the demand, the department has recently issued another job advertisement in an effort to look for more candidates by September 20.

The existing situation is in marked contrast to that of ten years ago when the supply of elementary teachers overtook demand. Regardless of their love for children, many teachers at the time had no choice but to quit their chosen career because they could not find a teaching position.

In an effort to supply qualified elementary teachers to their schools, districts are working with universities in the city to launch elementary teacher training programs.

The Education Office in Nha Be District is cooperating with the Saigon University. Thu Duc and Binh Chanh’s education offices are working with HCMC University of Pedagogy.

Candidates who successfully complete the training program will be awarded a Bachelor’s degree.

Nguyen Trong Cuong, head of the Education Office of Thu Duc District said, “We can’t wait for the supply of qualified teachers from the city’s Department of Education of Training. At present, some 180 candidates from the district are participating on such a course. The number of would-be teachers will be able to meet the district’s demand in 2011.” 

Source: SGGP

Traffic planning lacks long-term view

In Uncategorized on December 1, 2008 at 3:20 pm

Hanoi (VNA) – Traffic planning should pre-empt socio-economic development and be included in urban planning schemes, according to experts at a symposium held in Hanoi on December 1.

The event was organised by Hanoi University of Transport and Communications (UTC), in cooperation with Germany ’s Darmstadt University of Technology.

The development of traffic systems in Vietnam ’s major cities lack a long-term vision, resulting in problems such as frequent congestion, high rates of road traffic accidents and high levels of pollution, said UTC’s principal Tran Dac Suu.

The current infrastructure and public transport services do not meet the needs of socio-economic development and the uncontrolled proliferation of private vehicles is worsening these problems, Suu commented.

Participants at the symposium suggested that administrators formulate and impose uniform standards for urban planning procedures, and they agreed that the experiences of developed countries in planning traffic schemes would be very useful to Vietnamese urban planners.

Participating experts from Germany and Japan shared their countries’ experiences in traffic planning and administration, as well as the development of their public transport services.-