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When will Vietnam eliminate junior pedagogical colleges?

Last update: 07:40 | 16/03/2017

VietNamNet Bridge - The Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) has been accused of going too slowly in implementing plans to reform the training of teachers at junior pedagogical colleges (3-year training).


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Viet Cuong, a group of authors which has raised opinions about education reform, has raised questions about the issue. 

The warnings about the training quality and questions about the existence of the schools in modern times were issued for the first time some years ago. 

However, Viet Cuong group has said MOET still has not taken bold steps and applied measures to reform the training of teachers for general schools.

The group of authors believes that in the current conditions, when Vietnam integrates more deeply into the world, it will be a blunder to maintain the system of junior pedagogical colleges which produce teachers for schools.

The Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) has been accused of going too slowly in implementing plans to reform the training of teachers at junior pedagogical colleges 

In most countries, tea hers must have a university degree to work in the national educational system. In some countries, such as Germany, teachers must have master’s degree or equivalent degree.

This causes a big waste of resources, chaos and unfairness in employing civil servants, and many other consequences to society.

Education experts pointed out that teachers must have a university degree and undergo full-time training at prestigious training establishments to be able to satisfy requirements in knowledge and pedagogical capability.

In Laos, pedagogical junior colleges still exist because the country lacks teachers. Such schools have been eliminated in most of the other countries.

Vietnam’s pedagogical junior colleges continue enrolling students in 2017 as per the request by provincial authorities. In Cao Bang, for example, the local junior colleges will enroll 300 students this year. The figures are higher – 500, 600 or even 800 – in large cities and populous delta provinces.

If counting the students enrolled in 2014, 2015 and 2016, Vietnam will produce 20,000 teachers a year for preschools, primary and secondary schools in the next four years.

Upgrading teachers’ qualification by requiring longer training time is also what others think MOET needs to do. 

Hong Van, a teacher at a state-owned preschool in Dong Da district, when recalling the child abuse cases at preschools, noted that preschools employed teachers who only attended short-term training courses that lasted six months or up to three years.


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