Standards for high-quality schools still in debate

VietNamNet Bridge – State owned schools all want to develop high-quality classes, where students can learn in better conditions. However, the plan has not been applauded by parents, who believe that the model, by the nature, is the “privatization of state owned schools.”

Pham Thi Yen, Headmaster of the Thanh Cong B School in Hanoi, is one of the educators who advocate the model of high-quality schools and high-quality classes.

“High quality schools should mean the schools with qualified teachers and good material facilities. Especially, intensive foreign language lessons and few students in every class would be indispensable requirements,” Yen said.

“I am sure that a lot of parents are ready to pay more money so that their children can study in a better environment. Therefore, high-quality schools would be a reasonable model of schooling, which can bring benefits to both parents and students,” she added.

The Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) has opened the draft circular stipulating the tuition for high-quality education, which is understood as the behavior of turning the green light on the establishment of the new education model.

However, in fact, many high-quality schools have been set up already. The schools only recruit qualified teachers, enroll limited numbers of students, and especially, make heavy investment in material facilities to ensure that students can study in best conditions.

However, Yen, though applauding the high-quality education model, has admitted there would be some problems with the new model.

“If only a group of students in a school can get high quality education, this may make other students think about the discrimination against poor students,” Yen said.

Meanwhile, Duong Viet Tien, Headmaster of the Cau Giay School, said this should not be seen a big problem. “We cannot follow the principle of “dividing equally everything to everyone. It’s necessary to provide services to the orders. Especially, the high quality model is a part of the program on education socialization,” Tien said.

In Hanoi, together with the secondary education system of the Hanoi-Amsterdam High School for the Gifted, the Cau Giay Secondary School in Cau Giay district has the permission from the city’s education department to run the high-quality education model on a trial basis.

Headmaster of the Xuan Dinh School in Tu Liem district Nguyen Thi Bich Hang said what worries her most is the lack of the land fund. While the land area allocated to the school is limited, the number of students has been increasing rapidly.

What does it mean by “high quality school?”

A question which is of the interest to all parents is what the high quality education means. The answer to the question would decide the tuition levels.

Meanwhile, the draft circular only gives a general provision that the tuitions would be set up after the negotiations between schools and parents, and the schools’ commitments about the education quality.

Regarding the high school quality, Headmaster of the Dinh Tien Hoang High School Nguyen Tung Lam has suggested establishing an independent supervision council, which is in charge of examining the education quality of the high-quality schools.

The Cau Giay School is believed to be recognized as a high quality school, because it can satisfy the requirements stipulated in the draft circular. 100 percent of the teachers have been recognized as excellent teachers, who have university and postgraduate degrees. Thirty percent of the school’s teachers have master degrees. The school has foreign teachers for English lessons, while students have four English hours a week.

Regarding the tuition, Tien said he suggested the tuition of 600,000 dong a month. However, at present, students pay 40,000 dong a month only, while the other expenses have been paid by the state budget.

Van Chung