Some Problems in Vietnamese Education System

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The most serious problems with the Vietnamese education system and how it can be improved

By Tran Thi Ha Phuong, B.Bus3 – ISB University

Education plays an important role with each country, especially with the economic development, which is the same in Vietnam. After two wars of aggression, the Vietnamese economy was affected seriously so the Provisional Government of Vietnam identified that at this time, the development of education is the first priority. In a country, if the rate of educated person is high, it means the indicators of economic development will also go up. The high quality workforce who is better skilled and trained in an accurate education will be a motivation for future growth. According the statistic data of
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From reasons which are mentioned above, as a result, the quality of current workforce has been affected. According to the General Statistics Office GSO, in 2009, the number of trained laborers just amounted to less than 1/5 of the total labor force, and only 17.6 percent of laborers aged 15 and higher went through technical training courses. Or the US Ambassador to Vietnam - Michael Michalak commented on an article in 2008: Universities were not able to produce the number of educated managers and skilled workers needed by Vietnam's modernizing economy, which is a failure in Vietnam's educational system. Lack of qualified human resources is the single biggest factor limiting Vietnam's future development and economic growth. In short, the derogation of quality in education and training is big issue which needs to care and solve now.
The second problem is the corruption in Vietnamese education which can be seen as a danger for social moral. In overview, the average annual salary of teacher in Vietnam is approximately 19.2 million dong which can be seen as rather low when comparing with 14 other countries in the Asia Region (from: Vietnam: education financing, World Bank). The low income likes a catalytic factor for the disease spreading corruption. According the study of Dennis C. McCornac, associate professor of economics at Anne Arundel Community College, corruption in Vietnamese
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