Two new items in final exams may lead to new risks

February 24, 2009

VietNamNet Bridge – MOET has decided that the 2009 final exams will have two new features. However, educators and schools have warned that the two new points may lead to new risks.

With the new decision, every province and city under the central management will carry out examinations in groups of schools. Every group has at least three high schools, and has an invigilation council.

 

Deputy Director of the Thai Binh province’s Education and Training Department Tran Van Dien said that organizing examinations in groups of schools proves to be uneasy task, even for a lowland province like Thai Binh. The long distance of up to 10 km between high schools in the same locality will create challenges for both students and teachers.

 

As the ministry has decided to increase the number of invigilators to supervise the examinations this year, Dien fears that problems will arise in arranging accommodations for the invigilators.

 

Meanwhile, Deputy Director of Son La Education and Training Department Pham Dang Quang said that the new requirements will bring many difficulties to a mountainous province like his. He said that organizing examinations in groups of schools seems to be unfeasible for the province, as people have to travel long distances to reach to one or another school.

 

Quang also said that it would be a burden for local residents, the poor families, if they have to spend money to travel between schools to attend the exams, warning that some families may not allow their children to attend the exams. Moreover, the exam season will coincide with the rainy season, and therefore, landslides, which cause traffic jams, are very likely to happen.

 

Phan Doan Thai from the Binh Thuan province’s Education and Training Department also said that this way of organizing exams will lead to the big number of students in circulation, which may put hard pressure on the traffic.

 

Another new point of the 2009 final exams, which the ministry calls an ‘improvement,’ is that provinces will mark exam papers of students from other provinces.

 

Experts have warned that a lot of problems will arise with this new method of marking exam papers. Le Duy Vy, Director of the Thai Nguyen Education and Training Department, said that neighboring provinces should be assigned to mark exam papers of each others, and that the qualifications of teachers should be the same, otherwise, students will suffer.

 

Meanwhile, Director of the HCM City Education and Training Department Huynh Cong Minh has warned that localities should consider the methods to ensure security for the exam papers when they are on the way to the jury boards.

 

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