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January 15, 2014

Vietnam | Education

Vietnam: schools struggle to employ foreign teachers

Many schools in Ho Chi Minh City are facing difficulties in employing foreign English teachers due to the obstacles of high payment, and a lack of teachers and textbooks.

Several schools are struggling to raise funding to pay USD2,000 per month to English teachers from the Philippines, while the number of recruited teachers is still much less than the demand.

According to a plan drafted by the HCM City municipal Department of Education and Training, there should have been around 100 English teachers from the Philippines teaching at local primary and secondary schools by the end of 2012. To date, they have only recruited 13 who are working and 26 who have agreed to work in early 2014.

Under the plan, the municipal government would subsidise half of the funding and the rest would be covered by contributions by school fees. However, due to the lack of funding, schools now are forced to mobilise all the funding from students’ parents in order to pay a monthly salaries of USD2,000 to Filipino teachers each.

In order to ensure payment for teachers, students are required to pay VND120,000 (USD5,67) per month. However, the mobilised funding is not enough due to the variable number of students at classes, forcing schools to offset costs through other sources.

Read the full article from Vietnam Net.

Photo: April Gravette R. Miralles, an English teacher from the Philippines. (Vietnam Net)

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