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Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

Small steps forward. Educating Vietnamese children.

I remember when I was a child. It was about 23 years ago. Kindergartens in Vietnam were only small houses without toys or teaching materials. Parents just sent their children there so someone could look after them and they could go to work to earn money and buy food for the family.

Nowadays at kindergartens, children are taught how to read and write and play smart games. They are prepared to ready for entering into the Grade One. Even in some schools, there are cameras everywhere so parents can observe what their children are doing.

Before, primary schools had simple classes and on the rainy days we had to move the seats because of the leaks in the roof.

Nowadays, most of the schools are equipped by proper teaching and learning facilities. Textbooks are edited and updated to be more suitable for societal norms.

When I was a young child, there weren’t many people who knew English. In some areas, English was only taught from secondary school and most of English teachers were transferred from Russian teachers. At the time, the overall English level was poor.

These days, there are many English centers everywhere. Even in some schools, foreign teachers are hired to teach English for students. If you walk in schools, you can hear children saying a few English words to you. English is now one of the most important subjects at schools along with Mathematics and Literature.


Ms. Ha Lam, Manager of the Canadian University Application Centre (CUAC) Hanoi office, holds a Bachelor degree in Business Management from Hanoi University Business and Technology.


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