The Ministry of Education and Training has encouraged schools across the country to voluntarily continue applying the new model of learning and teaching, called the Việt Nam Escuela Nueva (VNEN). — Photo thcsluongkhanhthien.phuly.edu.vn
HÀ NỘI — The Ministry of Education and Training has encouraged schools across the country to voluntarily continue applying the new model of learning and teaching, called the Việt Nam Escuela Nueva (VNEN).
The encouragement was given after the ministry recognised shortcomings of the model in several localities.
VNEN was designed to make students more engaged in class with teachers serving as facilitators, and parents as well as other community members more involved in making learning relevant to children.
The VNEN project, worth about US$84.6 million, funded by the Global Partnership for Education, was run in more than 2,300 primary schools and anout 1,000 secondary schools between January 2013 and May 2016.
In a document sent to heads of localities nation-wide on Thursday night, Minister Phùng Xuân Nhạ said although the model created a friendly education environment, it had shortcomings.
Nhạ said applying the model in schools with few teachers and poor infrastructure was ineffective.
Therefore, after the project ended, applying the model was made voluntary, he said.
Schools that had yet to apply the model were encouraged to use the model’s plus points in their teaching, he said.
Recently, several localities asked the ministry to suspend the application and mutiplication of the teaching model.
Trần Ngọc Hà, head of Party Committee’s Propaganda-Instruction Department of Vũng Tàu City, said the city decided not to widely apply the model for the 2016-17 school year.
For schools using the model previously, this school year if parents and students did not wish to continue applying the model, schools were allowed to suspend it, he said.
The People’s Committee of northern mountainous Hà Giang Province directed its education sector not to use the model this year.
Vũ Văn Sử, director of the Provincial Education and Training Department, said the model was suspended due to the unequal capability of teachers and inadequate infrastructure.
Thời báo kinh tế Việt Nam (Việt Nam Economics Times) reported that an online forum named “We are primary teachers,” of more 65,000 primary teachers throughout the country, had given reasons to halt the model.
Under the model, a class was divided into groups with 3-4 students per group. A student will be assigned to lead the group; he or she will read textbooks following the teachers’ instructions and relay the content to other students.
Teachers, especially in big cities, often struggled to manage students using this method in large classes. The model was, however, effective with hard-working students, the forum said.
Central Hà Tĩnh province had 129 of 267 schools running the model and recently proposed suspending it for same reasons as Hà Giang and Vũng Tàu. —VNS