Vocational schools, the flavor of the season

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HCM CITY (Viet Nam News / ANN) – The Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs has merged many vocational schools to improve their quality and has encouraged schools to use information technology in training.

In 2017, Le Van Quoc applied to Cao Thang Technical College, one of the leading vocational schools in HCM city, despite being admitted to a university.

“I have seen the high employment rate of graduates from the school,” he told News from Vietnam.

Unlike in the past, many high school students now prefer to enter vocational training schools.

In fact, in 2017, 25% of them did not apply to universities and colleges at all, according to the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs.

A student practices measuring electricity at Cao Thang Technical College in HCM City. – VIETNAM NEWS

Vocational schools received more than 2.2 million students last year, according to ministry statistics, many of whom manage to admit a substantial number.

Xuan Loc Hoa Binh Middle School in Dong Nai Province, for example, stopped admissions in September after exceeding its 15% quota.

In recent years, he has had difficulty recruiting students, said Dr Trinh Thanh Toan, his vice-rector. Lao Ðong & Xa Hoi (Work and society).

Dong Nai Technical College has exceeded its quota by 10 percent.

In the city of Can Tho in the Mekong Delta, many vocational schools such as Can Tho Technical Economic College, Can Tho Medical College, Can Tho Vocational Tourism College and others have also passed their quotas.

The jump in admissions has prompted many schools to offer new courses this year.

The Can Tho Economic Technical College, for example, offers courses in natural resource and environmental management, import-export activities, supermarket management, and transport and logistics management.

According to officials, after the transfer of the management of vocational schools to the ministry, the duration of the courses was reduced from three years to two and a half years at the college level and from two years to one and a half years at the intermediate level.

This reduces the cost burden and allows students to start work earlier, they said.

The Minister of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, Dao Ngoc Dung, said the attitude of society and students towards vocational education had changed.

The ministry has also done a lot to help vocational schools attract more students, he said.

It plans to ensure that vocational education contributes to improving the quality of human resources, meeting labor market demand and improving the country’s competitiveness, he said.


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