40,000 school teachers told to work for preschools

Last update 07:20 | 08/03/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – The Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) plans to transfer 40,000 redundant teachers from general schools to preschools, which need 30,000 more teachers. 

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However, MOET has been warned that big problems would arise once school teachers are asked to undertake jobs not in their majors.

Nguyen Thi Van, who was a math teacher at Bao Thanh Secondary School in Nghe An province, and 75 teachers, will have to become preschool teachers.

Though Van can expect a higher salary when working as a preschool teacher, she doesn’t really like the move, because she lacks the skills to teach at preschools.

“We have knowledge, but we lack pedagogical skills,” she said. “Besides, preschool teachers need to have an aptitude for working with children, or the job will be torturous for them.”

In Thanh Hoa province, more than 100 secondary school teachers in Thach Thanh district have been transferred to primary and nursery schools. Of these, 40 have been asked to be in charge of cooking rice and washing dishes.

MOET’s Minister Phung Xuan Nha, at a conference on January 7, admitted that requirements for preschool teachers are different from general school teachers and that quality could be an issue.

Nha believes that the low quality of preschool teachers is one of the reasons behind child abuse that local newspapers have repeatedly mentioned in recent months.

The Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) plans to transfer 40,000 redundant teachers from general schools to preschools, which need 30,000 more teachers. 

To settle the problems, MOET has assigned pedagogical schools to build a curriculum to retrain redundant general school teachers and bring them to preschools.

The curricula will be designed in a way which allows teachers to study from a distance or study online so as to ease the load on pedagogical schools.

Nguyen Van Minh, rector of the Hanoi Education University, which is designing the curriculum, said the curriculum would comprise 51 credits to be fulfilled within three semesters.

Stressing that preschool teachers have to have specific virtues, Pham Hong Quang, rector of the Thai Nguyen University of Education, said it was necessary to control the quality of input learners so as to ensure the quality of preschool teachers.

“The major task of preschool teachers is teaching and bringing up children. People should not become a preschool teacher if they cannot dance, sing and communicate with children with reasonable language skills and emotion,” he said.

Meanwhile, educators still have doubts about the number of 70,000 redundant school teachers, saying that it could be inaccurate.

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I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage dotchuoinon.com on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development (cvdvn.net). I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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