For technology to have an impact in Vietnamese classrooms, the path of least resistance appears to be in the vocational education classrooms around the country. Vocational training courses are on the rise, and vocational schools had an eighteen percent increase in attendance from 2011-15. The Vietnamese Ministry of Education and Training is perhaps the biggest booster of change of educational focus. Ministry leaders are convinced that schools should take the initiative and work with enterprises in developing new training models and renewing curricula. Let’s just say that in this part of the world these words are more than simply “suggestions.”
So when the Ministry says that new teaching methods are needed I think they are also taking aim at the teacher training colleges that already appeared to have graduated an overwhelming surplus of teachers who can not find jobs (70,000 estimated). To teach in Vietnam, you may just simply have to learn a new set of skills. That is not just the case in Vietnam as we all know well. Here is what the Deputy Minister of Education and Training had to say about all this.
“Global integration and the movement of Vietnamese labourers to other countries and foreigners to Vietnam because of the Association of Southest Asian Nations (ASEAN) Economic Community and international trade agreements, requires schools to renew curricula and methodology for a new age.” Now that sounds better!