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Teachers ‘lack skills' for new curriculum

Update: December, 29/2012 - 09:33

HCM CITY (VNS)— Primary teachers need to learn how to integrate subjects, like history and geography, into new subjects, such as the Study of Society, a workshop in HCM City was told yesterday.

The workshop heard that integrated teaching had been introduced into the primary school curriculum in 2000 but teachers had not been trained in the method.

Nor did primary schools have the required facilities, like libraries and laboratories, the workshop was told.

Added to that, the school periods were too short for teaching to be effective.

Other examples of integrating different subjects were "environmental protection" being incorporated into science subjects and "traffic safety" being included in Study of Society.

Former Vice Rector of Binh Thuan Province Community College Nguyen Thi Lien Tam urged universities to introduce integrated teaching skills, and for trained teachers to make themselves aware of the new methods and to update their knowledge.

Hoang Truong Giang, deputy head of HCM City University of Education's Primary Education Faculty, said integrated teaching had been introduced into the primary school curriculum to help reduce overlap and to provide knowledge that reflected real-life situations and maintained student interest.

But the updating of teachers' skills had not followed, he said. Short periods for each class were also not conducive to integrated teaching.

Professor Ngo Minh Oanh, head of the Institute for Research on Education Development, pointed out that better laboratories, libraries and classrooms were also necessary for integrated teaching but schools lacked the funds required to provide them. — VNS

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