Each year, around 4,000 students graduate from the Da Nang University of Economics of which, 2,000 are regular students. VOVNews: In reality, many graduate students from the central region want to move to Hanoi or HCM City to find jobs while the central region faces a shortage of human resources. What we can do to attract skilled workers to the region? Currently, graduate students often want to work in the major cities like Hanoi and HCM City where they can have a better standard of living, higher salaries and a better opportunity to do well in life. Meanwhile, they find it difficult to find such opportunities in the central region. Salary is not the only reason as the crux of the matter is that they have less chance to advance their careers. VOVNews: Currently, many local universities using similar training methods are in the same position. What do you think about this? Mr Thanh: The Ministry of Education and Training should require universities to develop … [Read more...] about Students need foreign language skills in integration process
Foreign language teacher salary
In Vietnam, we talk about salaries as a matter of fact. Everyone knows how much everyone else earns and what company-sponsored holiday you are taking, even when they don't know what you do for a living. Sometimes it seems to be all about who you are, not what you know, and so the pay slips become the office politics when you think you are as qualified as someone else to do the same tasks that arrive with double the paycheck. But the same doesn't apply to the dual salary system for Vietnamese and expats. The fact remains that in certain industries, top-level jobs are often reserved exclusively for foreigners, while some are paid more than locals for doing essentially the same work. And it takes courage for employees to simply raise the question: Why? An international issue? An ESRC-funded research paper published last year in the Guardian – Addup found that wages for international staff in humanitarian aids and development sector in developing … [Read more...] about Why should foreigners earn more than locals in Vietnam?
A recent opinion piece criticizing the large pay gap between foreigners working in Vietnam and locals touches on an issue acknowledged by all but discussed by hardly anyone. Some of this is down to productivity. It’s a well known fact that Singaporeans, Malaysians and Thais are on average much more productive than Vietnamese. And some jobs require highly skilled professionals that would be difficult to find in Vietnam. But… Not all Vietnamese are inefficient/unskilled and not all foreigners are efficient/skilled. The question is, do we get to enjoy equal opportunities for the same job in Vietnam? Native English teachers have one trait that is irreplaceable: accent. But… Effective language teaching requires much more than an accent (pedagogy skills, grammar, writing…), not to mention that, arguably, there’s no longer such a thing as the 'right' English accent. Yet we see foreign English teachers with no teaching experience or qualifications getting paid … [Read more...] about Is the foreigner-local salary disparity in Vietnam fair?
The Ministry of Education and Training organized an online meeting to discuss implementation of a project for foreign language training for the period 2008-2020. The online meeting was presided over by Deputy Minister Nguyen Vinh Hien, and was conducted in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, the central city of Da Nang, the Southern city of Can Tho, and Thai Nguyen in the North. Vietnam adopted a project on foreign language training for the period 2008-2020, under which primary school pupils have compulsory English language classes till the 3rd grade. It aims at improving foreign language skills for all young Vietnamese people who will use it to serve the country in today’s industrialized and modernized world.At the meeting Hien said that the project was approved in September 2008 but the government has only just provided financial support this June. Tran Minh Ca, the deputy head of the People’s Committee in the central province of Quang Nam, said that teaching and learning foreign … [Read more...] about Ministry holds online meeting on foreign language training
Vietnam is well on its way to integrate with the world and for that reason emphasis on English language skills has become very essential. Foreign teachers and students attend the opening of the new school year of Nguyen Binh Khiem Primary School (Photo: SGGP) Recently, the City Department of Education and Training decided to recruit foreign native English speakers to teach in elementary, middle and high schools in Vietnam. The policy calls for social contributions to improve English language teaching from primary schools to senior high schools by employing only foreign native English teachers. Each student will chip in VND120,000 ($5.8) a month to cover the $35 an hour salary of the foreign teacher. Compared to traditional English teaching methodology, it is better that thousands of students in the City have a chance of practicing listening and speaking skills with native English speakers, who create a more … [Read more...] about Foreign English language teachers for schools in Vietnam
Dao Tuan Dat, headmaster of Einstein High School in Hanoi shared his thoughts on the tradition of giving presents on Vietnamese Teachers' Day on November 20. It is traditional for parents to give their children's teachers gifts on Teacher's Day to express their gratitude. In recent years, though, there has been concern over the practice of giving money instead of gifts, which could be construed as bribery. This year Dat is changing this tradition at his school. He asked that parents refrain from giving gifts, but instead bring rice, which will be used to donate to the less fortunate. Parents donating rice to Einstein High School on Teacher's Day Is it difficult to stop parents from giving money to teachers? There were still some parents that gave money to teachers, but we used it to buy rice and donated one tonne to charity. We believe that the school should also play a role in shaping the character of students. We often hold charity events … [Read more...] about Educator tries to give meaning to Teachers’ Day
Many schools in HCM City are facing difficulties in employing foreign English teachers due to the obstacles of high payment, and a lack of teachers and textbooks. April Gravette R. Miralles, an English teacher from the Philippines Several schools are struggling to raise funding to pay USD2,000 per month to English teachers from the Philippines, while the number of recruited teachers is still much less than the demand. According to a plan drafted by the HCM City municipal Department of Education and Training, there should have been around 100 English teachers from the Philippines teaching at local primary and secondary schools by the end of 2012. To date, they have only recruited 13 who are working and 26 who have agreed to work in early 2014. Under the plan, the municipal government would subsidise half of the funding and the rest would be covered by contributions by school fees. However, due to the lack of funding, schools now are forced to mobilise all the funding … [Read more...] about HCM City schools struggle to employ foreign teachers
The shortage of English teachers for the programme on teaching English to primary school students, which was warned before when the program was launched, has become more serious.According to the Deputy Minister of Education and Training Nguyen Vinh Hien, the recent examination over primary school English teachers’ capability has found that the percentage of teachers who can meet the standards (B2 level, which is equal to 500 points of TOEFL) is low. Hien has admitted that Vietnam not only lacks English teachers for primary schools, but also faces the problem in the foreign language ability and pedagogical skills. English teacher shortage anticipated, but nothing doneA survey conducted by the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) found out that prior to the 2011-2012 academic year, there were only 100 primary school English teachers out of the 150 surveyed teachers, who could meet the English qualifications.The representative of the Quang Nam provincial Education and Training … [Read more...] about MOET admits it’s difficult to find English teachers
Primary schools in Ho Chi Minh City are facing a serious shortage of English teachers. First-grade students of Phan Dinh Phung Primary School studying English The 2011-2012 academic year marks the second year since a pilot programme to expand foreign language teaching and learning for the national education system for the 2008-2020 period following the PM\'s direction has been run. It is also the thirteen year that the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Education and Training has implemented English teaching in primary schools. ShortageLe Cong Minh, Headmaster of Tran Quang Khai Primary School in District 1, said, “We don’t have any recognised English teachers at the school. Many years ago, we found English teachers through intermediary centres, however, all of them only worked at the school for a few months and then moved to other places. I have to find teachers through friends and use the money previously given to … [Read more...] about HCM City primary schools face dire English teacher shortage
Two years ago, head of La (Leaf) Pagoda in HCM City, Buddhist monk Thich Nhuan Tam, set up free language classes for students of poor families. Since then the pagoda has been overwhelmed with student applications and is now searching for more donors to build new classrooms. Tam spoke to Xuan Hiep about his expansion plans.Inner Sanctum: What inspired you to give free classes for students from poor families?I find there is an urgent need for young Vietnamese to learn foreign languages, especially in the context of international integration.I come from a poor family so I understand the situation of many poor students who mostly from provinces, are struggling to survive in HCM City, which is becoming increasingly expensive. It's almost impossible for them to afford school fees at foreign-language centres here.I had been thinking of opening such classes for years, but was only able to do it in the last three years. Many students have benefited.The … [Read more...] about Language classes for poor need more facilities