dropout rate highest in region
HCM CITY — Known until
recently for its high literacy levels, Viet Nam now records the highest dropout
rate in Southeast Asia, and is ranked 79th among 129 countries on the Education
for All Development Index (EDI).
The Education for All
(EFA) Global Monitoring Report 2008 released by UNESCO, also notes that Viet Nam
and three other countries in the region – Brunei, Myanmar and the Philippines
– will not achieve 100 per cent adult literacy by 2015.
The EDI is based on four
EFA goals including universal primary education, adult literacy, quality of
education and gender parity.
According to the report,
the number of dropout students has sharply increased nationwide, up by one
million over the last six years, the highest in Southeast Asia.
The Philippines, with
648,000 dropouts, was second in the region, followed by Myanmar with 487,000,
Thailand with 419,000 and Indonesia with 414,000.
Nguyen Vinh Hien, deputy
minister of Education and Training, said Viet Nam would give priority to
increasing the national budget for education development, and improving the
quality of education in rural and ethnic minority areas, frontier regions and
The country would also
expand continuing education and community education centres to encourage all
Vietnamese citizens to complete their schooling, he added. — VNS