the Thanh Nưa Primary School in Thanh Nưa Commune in northern Điện Biên Province. — Photo vitalk.vn
Getting a class off because the teacher is sick or otherwise busy is usually a welcome break for students, and their parents are only happy to indulge such happiness.
But when a teacher takes months off, it becomes too much of a good thing, for both students and parents, since they can’t pass the mandatory exam if they haven’t been taught anything.
All students of the Thanh Nưa Primary School in Thanh Nưa Commune in northern Điện Biên Province have been told there’ll be no English class for the whole semester because the only available teacher is going on maternity leave.
The English lessons have been replaced with other subjects, but the semester’s performance report will be delayed, parents have learnt.
Those who have complained have been asked to sympathise with the school, understanding the “shortage situation”.
There are just 32 English teachers for 37 primary schools in the district. Some have to take turns to teach at more than one school.
And if this weren’t bad enough, of the 32 teachers, seven are set to take maternity leave this school year.
Can’t make light of the matter here, there are some heavy shoes to fill. — VNS