Min­istry cuts teach­ing ma­jor en­roll­ment quota

Viet Nam News - - NATIONAL -

HCM CITY — The Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing will re­duce the en­roll­ment quota for teach­ing ma­jors in the 2018-19 aca­demic year by 33 per cent com­pared to the fig­ure of last year.

All uni­ver­si­ties, col­leges and other ed­u­ca­tion es­tab­lish­ments will en­roll no more than a to­tal of 35,000 stu­dents in the aca­demic year, com­pared to the to­tal of 54,000 tar­geted last year. Nearly 43,000 peo­ple en­rolled last year.

The re­duc­tion fol­lows a re­view on Jan­uary 5 of teach­ing needs in each lo­cal­ity and schools’ train­ing ca­pac­ity, ac­cord­ing to the min­istry. Traàn Anh Tuaán, deputy head of the min­istry’s Ter­tiary Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment, told Tuoåi Treû (Youth) news­pa­per that schools with train­ing ma­jors meet­ing so­cial de­mands will not have their en­roll­ment re­duced.

Haø Noäi Univer­sity of Ed­u­ca­tion, the schools of ed­u­ca­tion at Hueá Univer­sity and Thaùi Nguyeân Univer­sity, and HCM City Univer­sity of Ed­u­ca­tion will have lower en­roll­ment quo­tas.

Haø Noäi Univer­sity of Ed­u­ca­tion No 2 and Ñaø Naüng Univer­sity of Ed­u­ca­tion will be al­lowed to keep their en­roll­ment quota of last year, equal to 1,220 and 434 new stu­dents, re­spec­tively.

Be­gin­ning in the 2017-18 aca­demic year, Baïc Lieâu Univer­sity and Tieàn Giang Univer­sity stopped en­rolling new stu­dents in their depart­ments of ed­u­ca­tion.

Schools that plan to open new depart­ments to train teach­ers for the new high school ed­u­ca­tion pro­gramme should be­gin to do so this year, the min­istry said.

The min­istry’s Ter­tiary Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment said the re­duc­tion would cre­ate con­di­tions for them to open more train­ing cour­ses to re­train high school teach­ers for the new high school ed­u­ca­tion pro­gramme.

In re­cent years, the min­istry has been re­duc­ing the en­roll­ment quota for teach­ing ma­jors, with the aim of hav­ing only 10 per cent of the coun­try’s to­tal newly en­rolled stu­dents to be teach­ing ma­jors by 2020.

From 2013 to 2016, the quota for train­ing teach­ers was higher than the min­istry’s tar­gets. Nearly 100 schools were al­lowed to train teach­ers at var­i­ous lev­els.

The coun­try has more than 12,000 un­nec­es­sary teach­ers at sec­ondary schools and 4,200 at high schools, ac­cord­ing to the min­istry.

How­ever, kinder­gartens are fac­ing a short­age of more than 34,000 teach­ers, and pri­mary schools, 5,300.

Re­duc­ing the scale of train­ing is ex­pected to im­prove ed­u­ca­tion qual­ity and cre­ate more job op­por­tu­ni­ties for grad­u­ates, ac­cord­ing to the min­istry.

The min­istry has also taken steps to im­prove qual­ity as­sess­ment at schools that train teach­ers. It plans to pub­li­cise the as­sess­ment re­sults in an ef­fort to mo­ti­vate schools to im­prove ed­u­ca­tion qual­ity. — VNS

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