Headline, July 21 2022/ HONOURS : ''' '' VIETNAM'S EDUCATION VICTORIES '' '''




THE WORLD STUDENTS SOCIETY - FOR EVERY SUBJECT IN THE WORLD - is the exclusive ownership of every student of Vietnam, just as it is the eternal ownership of every student in the world.

VIETNAMESE SCHOOLS - UNLIKE THOSE IN OTHER poor countries, have improved over time. A study published in 2022 by researchers at the Centre for Global Development, a think-tank based in Washington, DC, found that -

IN 56 of 87 developing countries the quality of education had deteriorated since the 1960s. Vietnam is one of a small minority of countries whose schools have consistently bucked this trend.

HO CHI MINH - THE FOUNDING FATHER OF VIETNAM - was clear about the route to development. '' For the sake of ten years' benefit, we must plant trees. For the sake of a hundred years' benefit, we must cultivate the people,'' was a bromide he liked to trot out.

YET despite years of rapid economic growth, the country's GDP  per person is still only $3,760, lower than its regional peers, Malaysia and Thailand, and barely enough to make the average Vietnamese feel well-nurtured.

STILL, Ho Chi Minh was alluding to a Chinese proverb extolling the benefits of education, and on that front Vietnamese's people can have few complaints.

Their children go through one of the best schooling systems in the world, a status reflected in outstanding performances in international assessments of reading, maths and science.

The latest data from the World Bank show that, on aggregate learning scores, Vietnamese students outperform not only their counterparts in Malaysia and Thailand but also those in Britain and Canada, countries more than six times richer.

Even in Vietnam itself, student scores do not exhibit the scale of inequality so common elsewhere between the genders and different regions.

A CHILD'S propensity to learn is the result of several factors - many of which begin at home with parents and the environment they grow up in. But that is not enough to explain Vietnam's stellar performance. Its distinctive secret lies in the classroom : its children learn more at school, especially in the early years.

In a study in 2020, Abhijeet Singh of the Stockholm School of Economics gauged the greater productivity of Vietnam's schools by examining data from identical tests taken by students in Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam.

He showed that between the ages of five and eight Vietnamese students children race ahead. One more year of education in Vietnam increases the probability that a child can solve a simple multiplication problem by 21 percentage points, in India the uplift is six points.

The biggest reason is the calibre of its teachers. Not that they are necessarily better qualified; they are simply more effective at teaching.

One study comparing Indian with Vietnamese students attributes much of the difference in scores in mathematical tests to a gulf in teaching quality.

Vietnam's teacher's do their job well because they are well-managed. They receive frequent training and are given the freedom to make classes more engaging. To tackle regional inequality, those posted to remote areas are paid more. 

Most important, teachers assessment is based on the performance of their students. Those whose pupils do well are rewarded through prestigious ''teacher excellence'' titles.

BESIDES such carrots, a big stick is the threat of running foul of the ruling Communist Party. The party apparatus is obsessed with Education. This percolates down to school level, where many head teachers are party members.

The obsession has other useful effects. Provinces are required to spend 20% of their budget on education, which has helped regional equity.

The Honour and Serving of the Latest Global Operational Research on Nations and Education continues. The World Students Society thanks author The Economist.

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