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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

UN, Education Ministry mark Teachers Day

In Uncategorized on November 20, 2010 at 4:14 pm

Crowds praise teachers for contributions in education

In Uncategorized on November 20, 2010 at 8:13 am

Many defence teachers granted academic titles

In Uncategorized on November 18, 2010 at 1:56 am

Handmade gifts for Teacher’s Day

In Uncategorized on November 15, 2010 at 9:29 am

New bi-lingual website designed to support high school English teachers

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 8:03 am

British Council, in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Training, will launch a competition to promote a fantastic new bi-lingual website designed specifically for upper secondary teachers of English teaching textbooks grade 10, 11 and 12 in Vietnam.

The website’s surface. The website desigend to help high school English teachers

The organizers will officially announce the launch of the competition at the Grand Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City on September 17. Key figures from the Ministry of Education as well as ELT specialists and teachers from 6 provinces in the south of Vietnam will attend the ceremony.

With a wealth of materials already available on the net for teachers and learners of English, the Ministry of Education have worked with the British Council to create a unique website for Vietnam which links this abundance of materials directly back to the English course books for Grades 10, 11 and 12.

Mr Nguyen Vinh Hien, Vice Minister of Education and Training, says: “The site is a very useful source of materials for both teachers and learners of English in Vietnam especially for upper secondary school sector, which can help meet the need for strengthening the English teaching and learning capacity.”

The website provides teachers with useful teaching resources, techniques and methodologies which have been consulted by Vietnamese and British specialists. With this support, teachers can improve their teaching skills and use the materials effectively in their daily teaching”

For teachers who need to fulfil the requirements of the curriculum but also want to motivate their learners through more interactive activities, it is now just a simple matter of logging on to, clicking on the grade and unit you are teaching and selecting an activity to supplement your lesson. Guidelines for using the activities are in both English and Vietnamese. And there are also low-tech options for using the materials in classrooms without a computer.

Teachers can also find tips on dealing with a range of everyday problems such as correcting errors and managing large classes. There is also a section on professional development and opportunities to become part of a global network of teachers via our online forum.

Simon Beardow, Deputy Director, British Council, says, ‘The teaching English website is a great example of how British Council’s Access English project remains committed to working in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Training to provide teachers of English across Vietnam with access to quality teaching resources and opportunities to engage with other English teachers from around the world.’

Access English is a 4-year project developed and run by the British Council in partnership with ministries of education in nine countries in East Asia including Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

Although there is great diversity in the region, what the above countries share is a need for support in developing national English language teaching agendas at both primary and secondary level. The project aims to provide support to changes in English language teaching in three areas: support for policy makers, support for teacher educators and support for teachers.

Source: SGGP

Teachers must be trained living skills

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 7:59 am

It is the first year that the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) decided schools have to operate classes to teach living skills preparation program for the academic year 2010-2011; however, it requires teachers to be trained with educational methodologies and certain knowledge.

Each groups of teachers at a training class  provided by MOET to discuss methodologies and situations of teaching living skills  (Photo: SGGP)

Most schools lack professional teachers to take charge in such classes, so head teachers are assigned to do the job. There hasn’t in fact been a training course for teachers of these classes, especially young teachers.

Teachers in charge of such classes need to be trained to teach living skills, MOET has therefore launched a training course for over 700 teachers from 23 southern provinces in the beginning of the year. Some teachers said it is easy that schools offer extracurricular classes but MOET should verify the role of teachers and effective teaching methodologies.

Headmistress of Tran Khai Nguyen high-school, Nguyen Thi Yen Trinh, said MOET and the Department of Education and Training have just ordered schools t teach life skills among the students, but they didn’t give detailed plan. According to Ms. Trinh, young instructors themselves lack living skills; they are thus confused to bring living skills to the classroom and deal with complicated situation.

Managing board of Tran Khai Nguyen high-school has just invited several experts to provide teaching methodology training to head teachers.

After the course, literature teacher Dinh Thi My Hanh said through the course, teachers could design a lesson in which provide life skills to pupils. Meanwhile, teacher Bui Thi Ngoc Thoan, head teacher of class 11A2 said the training made teachers confident to offer extracurricular classes even in one hour through some forms like dramas, poetry or songs. During the classes, the students were taught to combine presentation and teamwork in different topics.

MOET has issued five documents to teach living skills through teaching subjects literature, biology, geography, lessons for citizenship education or outside lessons. However, students felt bored to receive life skills through main subjects but they showed their enthusiasm to learn living skills under other forms. Tran Khai Nguyen high-school’s 10 grader Dong Thuc said he learned how to resolve contradiction through discussion with friends after watching a drama in class.

Another problem has risen when implementing living skill teaching plan, which is financial problem. According to Tran Khac Huy from the Department of Education and Training, private owned institutes are eager to hold training courses to teachers and students meanwhile public schools are not due to financial difficulties.

Moreover, state-run facilities neglected to provide living skill class but focus on raising graduate number for maintaining its achievements.

Psychologist Vo Van Nam said teachers play an important role in training ethic and behavior of students, especially living skills.

Violence escalated among students and even among teachers who had insulting words to learners. Teachers also lack of living skills.

Mr. Nam said living skills can gradually develop through learning, apprehending and experiencing life. Accordingly schools and the education sector should work out  long-term plans to each instructors.

Source: SGGP

Primary teachers told not to bluster kids in schools

In Uncategorized on August 18, 2010 at 7:22 am

Primary teachers were told not to bluster and slam sticks on the blackboard or on tables to threaten kids at schools in Ho Chi Minh City.

Elementary teachers  told not to threaten small schoolboys and girls but create friendly air to make them feel happy at schools  (Photo: Nha Tran)

The city’s Department of Education and Training released its order to primary schools in the city. Under the instruction, teachers were forbidden to beat children.

Elementary pupils should be encouraged to develop their activeness and self-studying capacity, teachers need therefore listen to their voices and then give soft remarks to help small schoolboys and girls redo tasks.

Teachers were ordered not to impose harsh penalties on kids but rather to applaud their efforts and pay attention to small pupils’ progress because kids at the age of six are clumsy in writing and studying.

Especially teachers of the first grade must welcome kids with smiles to create friendly air to small children as well as assist them to arrange books and notebooks tidy. Teachers should not complain that kids can’t read well.

Source: SGGP

New York teachers, students visit Vietnam

In Uncategorized on June 18, 2010 at 4:23 am

A delegation of teachers and students from the Trinity High School in New York is on a visit from June 13-26 to study the land and people of Vietnam through their voluntary activities at the Vietnam Friendship Village in Hanoi and visits to landscapes.

This is the fourth time the Trinity High School has sent delegations to Vietnam .

On June 14, the delegation was received by Standing Vice President of the Vietnam-US Association Nguyen Tam Chien, who briefed it about Vietnam ’s renewal process and 15 years of Vietnam-US relations.

He emphasised the Vietnamese people’s wish to foster the relationship with the US , especially in education, economics, trade and humanitarian aid.

On the same day, the US teachers and students joined three lectures on the economic development and renewal situation in Vietnam and the country’s standpoint on globalisation, the feelings of foreigners living and working in Vietnam and the history of Thang Long-Hanoi.

Source: SGGP

Outstanding teachers devote their lives to their craft

In Uncategorized on June 4, 2010 at 10:16 am

Thoroughly dedicated to their profession, great teachers do not resist the hard work and sweat that is required to improve their methods in order to help their students achieve the results they desire.  Nor do they shy away from getting to know their students, which helps them teach something just as important, how to overcome the many difficulties that life presents.

With that in mind, Sai Gon Giai Phong Newspaper introduces two outstanding teachers who have improved teaching methods in their Ho Chi Minh City schools.

Creating friendly environment

Bui The Hung, an English teacher at Truong Cong Dinh junior high school in Binh Thanh District, leaves deep impressions in the hearts of his students.

To help students particularly interested in studying English, Hung takes the initiative to improve the way students study English, a methodology that aims to help students heighten their communication skills not only in English, but in general.

Working as the head teacher, he emphasizes love, compassion and solidarity that helps build unity within the educational environment.

Hung organizes music performances to create a jubilant camaraderie between teachers and students, contributing to an environment that is mutually beneficial to students.

Hung, totally in love with his job, is always close to the students and by comprehending their feelings and expectations, finds ways to help them study better.

Thanks to his efforts, the graduation rate of his high school classes is between 98 – 100 percent each year.

A teacher helps handicapped children overcome difficulties

Le Thi Dung, headmaster of the Binh Minh Special School in Tan Phu District, has worked wonders at her school that provides education and care for mentally handicapped children, as well as those who are blind, deaf or suffer from cerebral palsy and other challenges.


Handicapped children play during recess at the Binh Minh Special School. (Photo:SGGP)

She has hired an excellent teaching staff and created good teaching methods for handicapped children.

Visiting the school, which is also a boarding house, observers witness the handicapped children thrive in the loving environment Dung provides.  The staff cares for the students like secondary mothers.

From meals to study period, Dung’s program enables each child with the skills necessary to overcome their perceived defects and achieve self-confidence.

In love with her job, Dung always studies new teaching methods suitable to care for handicapped children effectively.

Dung also creates opportunities for teachers to improve their skills by instructing teacher-training courses.

To date, the school has attained many achievements including the implementation of digital lesson plans. Four teachers have been recognized by the city as having achieved the status–“outstanding teacher.”

In addition, 25 of her initiatives related to teaching handicapped children have won district-level honors.

The school’s students won prizes at the Paragames contest and earned several gold, silver and bronze medals at the National Booce event.

Handicapped children won three first prizes and three second prizes at the drawing contest.

Due to Dung’s efforts, the number of handicapped children registered to study in the school increases sharply each year.

As of now, the school has nearly 200 students.

The school plans to open two more branches with total investment capital of more than VND7 billion (US$370,000), dedicated to fostering the achievements and well-being of handicapped children.

Source: SGGP