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Private schools to take more important role in education development

The Government recognises the importance of private schools to development of the national education system, Chairman of the National Assembly’s Committee for Culture, Education, Youth and Children Phan Thanh Binh has said.

Dr Do Van Xe, Rector of Hung Vuong University, said that amended laws on higher education have helped remove barriers that private schools have faced. Such training and teaching can attract more students, he added.

Private schools, more important role, education development, national education system, modern facilities, international standards

Inside Hong Bang International University.

With the contribution of private schools, the education sector in the country has become “competitive”, he said. “Quality is the decisive element in the competition.”

Dr Thai Ba Can, deputy general director on higher education development at Nguyen Hoang Group, and chairman of board of directors of the Hoa Sen University, said that many large enterprises had invested in education. 

They have focused on building modern facilities and training programmes meeting international standards, and have brought advanced training programmes from other countries to Vietnam.

Dr Dam Quang Minh, Rector of Phu Xuan University in Thua Thien-Hue province, said that although the Government recognises private schools as of one of “two wings” in education development, the difference between the two wings still exists, meaning that private schools have not been treated fairly as public schools.

In HCM City, for instance, the number of private schools has been increasing in both inner and outlying districts over the last five years to meet the burgeoning demand caused by overcrowding of public schools.

Many parents like Nguyen Thi Ly of district 2 do not want their children to study in a classroom with more than 50 students, a common occurrence in public schools, fearing the teaching methodology do not enable them to develop their comprehension skills.

These parents are willing to pay higher fees at private schools in exchange for the better and more modern facilities they offer and the small number of students in each classroom.

Ten years ago, private schools’ main aim was to create an environment for improving their students’ English, but that has changed now to soft skills and developing students’ talents and creativity, and curriculums are based on this now.

Dr Huynh Cong Minh, Chairman of the Founding Committee of EMASI School, told Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon) newspaper that, unlike public schools, private school teachers create conditions for students to be creative and curious.

Recently, many private schools have set up counselling boards to help improve the capacity of their teachers and assist principals and managers with adopting proper methodologies.

To meet the increasing demand, many private schools are opening more branches around the city. 

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Source: VNS/VNA

Private schools, more important role, education development, national education system, modern facilities, international standards
 
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