Vietnam changes mind, allows English teaching in preschools

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The education ministry has lifted a ban it imposed just last month on teaching of English in preschools. PHOTO COURTESY OF TUOI TRE
The Ministry of Training and Education has done an about-face and issued a new document allowing the teaching of English in preschools a month after banning it.
Under a new document, preschools that fulfill certain conditions related to infrastructure and have teachers who graduated in English and are trained in preschool teaching would now be allowed to offer English classes, Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reported Wednesday.
But it warned that the program must not be arduous and should be interesting for the children.
Besides, it must not affect the general preschool education program and should only be offered to children whose parents want them to learn English, it said.
Local education departments would oversee the program and ensure all schools follow the instructions, it said.
Earlier, on February 18, the ministry had prohibited all forms of English teaching in preschools, saying that it would affect the teaching of other subjects and that the quality of English teachers and programs remain questionable.
The ministry's latest move has caused confusion among parents, the newspaper said.

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