HCM City authorities fail to provide sufficient high school places
  • By Hoai Nam | | April 08, 2017 09:15 AM
Many parents in HCM City who want to admit their children to public high schools are worried that they won't be able to compete.

It is estimated that nearly 20,000 pupils won't be able to get into the public high school system for the 2017-2018 school year.

HCM City Department of Education and Training announced the admission quota for 10th grade is 63,400 pupils, 1,000 more pupils than last year. Meanwhile, the total number of pupil registered in the high school entrance exam was 82,000, an increase of 14,000 pupils.

Tran Thi Nga whose child is studying at Thai Van Lung Secondary School said she worried about the unfavourable information. First news she received is that the exam will start earlier than normal, in the early of June. That means after finishing the official curricula at school, pupils must take part in the exam almost immediately.


Nearly 20,000 pupils won't be able to get into the public high school system

Nga thought about enrolling her child into private school but considered this her last choice as the family doesn't have enough money.

"It's maybe fine to not get in college but I feel sad thinking that my child may not be able to experience the life of a high school pupil which I think is the best time in school. At least, I want him to get a high school diploma," she said.

Nguyen Tien Dat, vice director of HCM City Department of Education and Training said the number of pupils registering to partake in the high school entrance exam is rising because of population growth. This year, about 77% of registered pupils can get into public high schools and this rate could decrease by 3% in the coming years.

However, according to the department, the actual number of pupils who would take the exam will be much lower as they often select other options. In addition, many schools in the suburbs have low entrance scores. This means they will have higher levels of competition.

Many pupils are being forced to study more than they can bear and have quit.

According to Dat, there are many options for pupils besides public high schools such as private schools, continuing education centres and vocational schools. In 2016-2017 school year, 10,000 pupils chose vocational schools based on career guidance.

Dat went on to say that teachers should consult pupils and parents more to help them choose the best option that is suitable with their learning ability and financial capacity.

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