Pressure on preschool students to learn before first grade

Professor Tran Hong Quan, former Minister of Education and Training, said parents want their children to learn how to read before sitting in first grade because of the heavy curriculum.

Children should enjoy outdoor games during summer vacation rather than spend time studying (Photo: B. Long)

Heavy curriculum makes parents send their children to learn at teachers homes for extra classes. Although the Ministry of Education and Training every year asks schools not to organize private tutoring outside of regular school hours, parents actively invite retired primary teachers to teach their children.

Although educationists said it is not necessary to teach preschool children to read before entering the first grade as Le Ngoc Diep, head of Primary Education Bureau under the Department of Education and Training said if students learn before, they will be bored when they have to learn the same thing again. Parents, however, still keep sending their children to private classes.

At a class in Tan Thoi Hiep 22 Street in Tan Thoi Hiep Ward of District 12, many workers of Tan Thiep Hiep Industrial Park send their children there as tuition fee costs VND100,000 ($4.78) per month with three classes a week.

Low salary of teachers is also one of the causes of mushrooming of these private classes. Therefore, educational experts said that to stop teaching preschools to read before the first grade, it needs a curriculum change and teachers’ salary needs upgrading along with better assessment methods for students.

By Thu Tam - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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