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Universities urged to teach ethics, values

Update: December, 22/2010 - 10:38

HCM CITY— Pedagogy universities and colleges should offer courses in ethics and values as well as more professional training, speakers at a HCM City workshop said yesterday.

At the workshop, Nguyen Thi Ha Lan of Hong Duc University in Thanh Hoa Province said teaching of values was very important in the educational sector, especially at the kindergarten level.

If teachers did not receive the proper training in this area, they could be cruel to students, even causing physical injury, Lan added.

Nguyen Thi Hang Phuong of N-T Foundation in Ha Noi, a research centre that specialises in children's psychology, said the centre had seen and treated many students who were afraid to return to kindergartens.

More programmes at pedagogy universities and colleges should emphasise that their students' behaviour will often mirror the conduct of the teacher.

Lan said authorities of local education offices and leaders of kindergartens as well as nursery schools should promote the teaching and application of values.

She said the ministry and local education and training departments should also offer more refresher training courses for existing teachers to improve their skills.

Dr. Mai Thi Lien Giang of Quang Binh University said the ministry should ask pedagogy universities to review and amend training programmes, and offer more courses in values and ethics.

Currently, Viet Nam has 52 educational institutions nationwide that train kindergarten teachers, but programmes vary considerably from one place to another.

Some content in the training programme was still not practical, Giang said.

Nguyen Tuyet Lan of the National College of Pedagogy in Nha Trang City, added that the number of poor qualified lecturers at some pedagogy universities and colleges made it difficult to train teachers.

Another speaker, Dr.Vo Phan Thu Huong of Sai Gon University, suggested that pedagogy universities and colleges invite experienced lecturers in teaching kindergarten education.

She said that Viet Nam should learn from Japan's training of kindergarten teachers.

In addition, the State should create policies to encourage kindergarten teachers to work with experts in research and development of kindergarten education, she added. —VNS

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