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Overworked teachers need time to learn

Update: November, 30/2013 - 09:42

HCM CITY (VNS)— Apart from teaching, the extra workload of preparing syllabi, maintaining student's records and preparing for meetings is preventing teachers from improving their skills and updating their knowledge.

The complaints were heard at a workshop yesterday, which focused on improving the capacity of self-learning and research for high school teachers.

Huynh Van The of the Mang Thit High School in southern Vinh Long Province, said that he and his colleagues spend most of their time doing the "odd" jobs.

Research by educational experts with Fund for Peace and Development of Viet Nam show each high school teacher works 60-70 hours per week.

The research was conducted among more than 526 high school teachers of 27 schools in five provinces.

Nguyen San Ha, who teaches at the Vo Truong Toan Secondary School in HCM City, said because of their low salaries, many teachers open extra-classes outside school time.

This is another reason they have no time to improve their qualifications and do research, he stressed.

The said school management has also failed to create an environment that facilitates teachers improving their skills and knowledge.

In his school, for instance, the library does not have books on teaching aids or other documents that can help teachers learn and do research on their own, he said.

"I usually takes advantage of material sources on websites for my teaching aids," he added.

Ha said that the proposal to buy more books and scientific magazines as teaching aids at schools is tangled in red tape.

Pham Quang Huan of the Institute for Educational Research under the Ha Noi University of Education said school leaders should give priority to creating an environment and providing facilities for their teachers to improve themselves.

They should invite experts to guide teachers on how do research, he said.

The also suggested that high schools introduce incentive policies for teacher to do research. They should be supported in this by the education and training departments of all localities, he said. — VNS


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