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|A new government decree stipulates that domestic and foreign teachers involved in integrated education programmes need to provide sufficient evidence of their qualifications.- Photo dantri.com.vn|
Under Decree No 86/2018/NĐ-CP, foreign teachers must hold a bachelor’s degree level in their chosen subjects and teacher training certificates or equivalent. Vietnamese teachers are also required to meet standard qualifications for the grade they teach.
All teachers involved in integrated education programmes must have foreign languages proficiency at level five out of six in accordance with Vietnamese law.
The decree allows private kindergartens and schools in Việt Nam to link up with legal and accredited educational establishments abroad.
Incorporated foreign educational programmes must be accredited by authorised agencies and organisations in their native countries.
The programmes must ensure the objectives of Việt Nam’s education programme, while examinations must be in line with Vietnamese and foreign countries’ laws. Graduates of integrated curricula at senior high schools must be granted graduation certificates from Việt Nam and the foreign country involved.
The education programme will be valid for five years and may be extended for a further five.
The document will enter into force on August 1 this year.
The issuance of the decree is seen as a move to tighten regulations on educational institutions that have foreign partners. In April, MOET’s International Educational Co-operation Department asked Newton Grammar School in Hà Nội’s Bắc Từ Liên District to end its relationship with George Washington International School (GWIS) in the US following the confirmation that GWIS was an unregistered school. After the incident, MOET reviewed all foreign-related educational institutions nationwide. Initial reports showed no similar cases.