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22 June 2010

Laos to improve education

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The Laotian Ministry of Education has pledged to raise the quality of the education system and promote the teaching profession in Laos, according to a National Assembly member, as reported by the Laos News Agency.

The Minister of Education Phankham Viphavanh has admitted that the number of students in Laos was sharply increasing but the education system had low standards as a consequence of a shortage of quality teachers.

The problems were raised at the ongoing ninth Ordinary Session of the National Assembly.

Mr. Phankham expressed concerned over the quality of the current Lao education because of a poor standard of pedagogy and inappropriate national development.

“We still lack a basic infrastructure of education, particularly classrooms, textbooks, demonstration equipment and education materials. The academic curriculum at all level will be improved,” Mr. Phankham said. Year three of primary students will study a moral ethical subject and thr English language.

“We will improve the basic infrastructure of education and necessary facilities so as to meet the current demand of teaching and studying,” he continued.

“Many education projects have been developed, This was thanks to the great effort of the Lao government to consider education a top priority. We still need the quality and experienced teachers despite good basic education infrastructure and good academic curriculum, he explained.

The Ministry of Education will attempt to develop more teachers countrywide to compensate for the lack of teachers in rural and remote areas.

The teachers training system will be renewed including the allowance policy for teachers.

The government has approved an intensive policy for teachers, but it has been ineffectively implemented.

There were around 5,000 teachers nationwide in the last academic but the number of teachers will double in the coming academic year.

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