from 130 high schools in the city attended the meeting organised by the
municipal Department of Education and Training to discuss improvements
to training quality and school programmes.
main concern was the brain drain. Pham Thi Yen Nhi, an 11th grader at
the elite Le Hong Phong High School, said many students had gone abroad
to study in recent years but did not come back to work in Viet Nam.
many students had the desire to help build their homeland, she said,
adding the Government should work out policies to attract them home.
Another concern the students raised was their school programme’s focus on theory rather than practice.
Bich Quynh, an 11th grader at another elite institution, Tran Dai Nghia
High School, asked the officials why despite completing such long and
arduous courses, many people failed to get good jobs after graduation.
Even if they did, employers have to retrain them, she said.
Tien Thinh of Le Thanh Ton High School in District 7 expressed the same
opinion, saying education must be more practically-oriented.
expressed worries about the bad behaviour and use of obscene language
by high school students, saying courses to teach them good behaviour
were required from an early age.
Nguyen Thi Ngoc Bich of Long Truong High School in District 9 said there should be more sex education at the high-school level.
changes the city and country are going through, students’ aspirations
and the role of young people in the city’s industrialisation and
modernisation were also discussed.
Cong Minh, director of the Department of Education and Training, said
the conference provided a good opportunity to listen to students and
promised more regular interaction in future.