Libraries without book borrowing! According to Mr. Tran Tuan Anh, Head of the Division of Primary Education under the Thai Binh Province Department of Education and Training shared that formerly, pupils could only read books in their 5-to-7-minute break time between lessons, including 2 minutes for book checking in and out. In addition, the reading space was very limited while the number of pupils is always high, making them feel cramped. The most disadvantageous point is that due to the limit in the number of books, libraries normally could not let readers take books home while parents cannot afford to buy books for their children. All lead to the fact that on average, a pupil, especially those in rural areas, read only 2 to 3 books per year. Except for large cities like Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi, libraries in other areas still lack many facilities and book titles. According to the Department of Primary Education under the Ministry of Education and Training, in the whole nation, … [Read more...] about New reading methods introduced to encourage children’s reading habit
New training methods
Schools break from tradition to try out new teaching methods (12-01-2009) Director of the HCM City Department of Education and Training, Huynh Cong Minh, talked with Phu Nu Viet Nam newspaper about collaborative learning, a new method that has students learning with their peers rather than the traditional rote system. How can the new metho-ology be made effective? Each student is different in their capabilities, attitude or condition and we need an innovated curriculum to meet their demands. Teachers have to change from teaching what they can teach to what their students need. Schools should also be changed to accommodate a methodology that puts students at its centre and increases the time spent in practice rather than theory. Educationalists have to create conditions favourable for teachers to change. If each class has between 20-30 students, renewal is sure to be fruitful. Schools with larger classes have to adjust because small classes put teachers closer to their students. … [Read more...] about Schools break from tradition to try out new teaching methods
VietNamNet Bridge – Around 60 German online newspapers have posted articles about German coach Falko Goetz’s deal with the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF).Vietnam football squad has new coach The most notable article was published by Kölner Express, in which Falko Goetz delivered an optimistic statement. He said that the goals that Vietnam sets for its national football squad at the qualifier round of the Olympic 2012, the World Cup 2014 and for its U23 team at the Southeast Asian Games 2011 are “growing opportunities”. He said Vietnam’s football should not be discounted. “This country’s population is 85 million people and this will bring about potentials”. The Kicker re-posted the interview on Kölner Express and added some information about the 2-year contract between Goetz and the VFF. “Apart from EUR15,000 a month, Goetz is provided an apartment, air tickets and a car. He replaces Portuguese coach Henrique … [Read more...] about German media interested in Goetz’s new job in Vietnam
VietNamNet Bridge – A video clip showing a teacher in Thai Nguyen province torturing students has been forwarded among the Internet users’ community, which has stirred up the public. However, it is more sensational that the teacher has admitted beating students with rods is a teaching method. On June 8, after the teacher gave back the test papers to students, he told the class: “Those, who got less than five marks from the tests, be ready to get spanked.” The panic pervaded the class. A student named Duy was the first one who got 3 lashes. The student ground his teeth, enduring the lashes, while others well pale and shouted because of panic. Some more students also got spanked at the same lesson, including female students. It seemed that the teacher did not give female students discriminatory treatment. The video clip, after it was posted on Internet, has been spreading out rapidly among students, who believe that “this was a terrible … [Read more...] about Flogging students with rattan switch – a new teaching method?
VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnamese teachers say that under the new marking method at primary schools, they feel reluctant to give negative remarks or home exercises. This is contrary to the education principles they have been pursuing over decades, they say. A primary school teacher in Hanoi complained that her job now consumes too much of her time. “I cannot have a break because I have to spend my free time thinking about what comments to give to students,” she explained. “The education reform initiated by the Ministry of Education and Training has upset everything.” “We have been asked not to give negative remarks about students. Therefore, I have to rack my brain to find gentle words to say to my students,” she said. “Instead of saying “badly done”, you should say “you have shown great effort recently, but not in this test, you still made some mistakes” or something like that,” she added. “We have been … [Read more...] about Teachers complain about new marking method