History and English have worst average final exam scores
  • | | July 18, 2019 02:01 PM
Minister of Education and Training Phung Xuan Nha urged schools to improve the teaching quality of English and history after poor results at the national final exams 2019.


Students take part in the national final exam 2019

The average scores of both English and History were the lowest among the nine subjects. A total of 569,905 students took the History exam of which 70.01% scored less than 5 points on a scale of 10. 542,775 students took the English exam and 69% had less than 5 points.

The registered student's average scores this year were 4.3 in History and 4.36 in English. A large number of students scored 3.2.

Speaking at a meeting held Wednesday to review the organisation of the national exams, minister Phung Xuan Nha said that the scores for English and History have been bad for years.

"The scores improved from a bit from last year but are still unacceptable," he said.

According to the minister, the current exam method will be used until 2020. The Ministry of Education and Training are conducting research and surveys in order to identify improvements in the coming years. Universities have also built recruitment plans and detailed requirements.

Professor Nguyen Dinh Duc from Vietnam National University said even though there were marginal improvements in scores this was a positive sign for the education sector. The history score went up from 3.79 in 2018 to 4.3 and from 3.9 to 4.36 in English. Moreover, the number of students that scored an 8 or higher also increased from 4,226 to 12,472 in history and from 22,046 to 47,077 in English.

Explaining about the reasons for those low scores, Nguyen Phuong Nga, director of the Centre for Educational Quality Accreditation, said most of the time, students experienced rote learning so rarely anyone found history interesting. The disparity between the number of students with below-average scores and those with high scores in English showed the difference in teaching quality between urban and rural areas.

Students that only took history to finish high school had low scores while those that took history to enter universities have better scores, many even have a perfect score. This situation was also reflected in English scores.

Le Truong Tung, chairman of FPT University agreed that the ministry needs to implement measures to improve the teaching and learning quality but it will need time and effort from both teachers and students.

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