Educators divided on national high school finals
VietNamNet Bridge - Educators disagree on whether national high-school finals should be abolished. The exam cost a great deal of money and is seen as insignificant because more than 90 percent of students pass.

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More than 98 percent of students in Hai Duong province passed the 2016 national high school final exam, or 1.49 percent higher than in 2015. In Ninh Binh province, the proportion was 97.41 percent, or 0.77 percent higher than last year. Six out of 35 schools in the locality have 100 percent of students passing the exam.

The proportion is 97.46 in Nghe An province, while most students failing the exam are from mountainous areas, where learning conditions are less favorable, according to deputy director of the provincial Education and Training Department.

The figures are also high in difficult areas: 97.13 percent in Hoa Binh province, 94.5 percent in Vinh Long and 93.85 percent in Kon Tum.

“Why do we still have to organize high-school finals if we anticipate that nearly all of them will pass the exam?” This argument can be found in all education internet forums. 

“If we don’t organize the finals, we will not have to spend big money on the costly and insignificant exam."

More than 98 percent of students in Hai Duong province passed the 2016 national high school final exam, or 1.49 percent higher than in 2015. In Ninh Binh province, the proportion was 97.41 percent, or 0.77 percent higher than last year.

However, not all agree. "It is necessary to maintain high school finals. This is the tool to assess the quality of general education which allows us to find problems and improve the curriculum and teaching materials,” said Nguyen Minh Thuyet, former deputy chair of the National Assembly’s Committee for Culture, Education, Youth and Children. 

Thuyet also warned that if the high school final exam is removed, students will have no driving force to study.

“The high school final is the only important exam students have to sit after 12 years of study. What will happen if the exam no longer exists?” he said.

Sharing the same view, a high school teacher in Hanoi said if the final exam is abolished, students will focus on three learning subjects to prepare for the university entrance exam. 

For example, if students plan to study information technology at the Hanoi University of Technology, they will spend time on math, physics and chemistry, while ignoring other important learning subjects, especially social sciences.

“As such, we will produce students who don’t have comprehensive knowledge useful for their future lives,” he said.


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