06.09.2020, 13:53

Vocational schools lacking learners

Vocational schools lacking learners
The electricity department of Ly Tu Trong school.

Where are the learners?
It is 10 am on August 17 at the Dai Viet Saigon Higher School campus (Phu Nhuan district, Ho Chi Minh City). A handful of learners accompanied by their parents are present to collect registration files and meet with school staff. However, at the end of the day, the school realizes that it has not registered any application for admission. Le Lam, rector of Dai Viet Saigon, said worriedly that the General Department of Vocational Training under the Ministry of Education had allocated him a quota of nearly 2000 places at the intermediate and college levels for 2020. However, he has not yet received a serious case.
Regarding solutions to improve this situation, Le Lam said with sadness: " We have done everything we can, such as going to middle and high schools to offer career counseling sessions to the students. , invite parents and students to visit campuses and partner companies in terms of internship and job vacancies. In addition, student recruitment information has been updated on social networks like Facebook and Zalo as well only on the school's website. But nothing has changed yet ".
Statistics from many vocational schools in Ho Chi Minh City show that so far there are very few schools that have achieved 30% of their recruitment targets. For a few schools in particular, the number of pupils admitted can only be counted on the fingers of one hand, if not zero. By mid-August, the Saigon International Vocational College had recruited only 250 learners out of 1000 licensed places. Many of its departments (pharmacy, medicine, administration or archives) are therefore understaffed to be able to open. Luckier, the college of economics and technology Nguyen Huu Canh admitted 420 learners out of 1250 places allocated.
The vocational schools in Ho Chi Minh City, made up of 26 colleges and 8 graduate schools, are also waiting for learners. Many schools are only meeting about 20% of enrollment forecasts. Do Huu Khoa, rector of the college of information technology of Saigon, as president of this branch, alerted to this worrying situation for this year. Although the peak period for registrations has entered, the application files are tiny and progress remains low.
A cry of alarm

The job market needs workers at the middle level.

Some reputable vocational schools are also experiencing the same difficulties. Pham Huu Loc, rector of Ly Tu Trong College, informed that the college level is very optimistic, while the upper level, pessimistic, only reaches around 14%. Some faculties such as metal cutting, industrial electronics have not yet enrolled. This year, the Ho Chi Minh City Vocational Higher School was assigned a common goal for colleges and middle schools of 1775 enrolled (up 10% compared to 2019) in 14 training trades, but some traditional training disciplines are not in demand.
According to vocational training experts and directors of vocational schools in the city, some colleges have recruited 9 students. e years that do not pass the entrance examination to high school as well as some other scenarios. Pham Huu Loc explained that this situation is due to changes in university registration regulations in 2020 due to the influence of COVID-19. There is also the fact that the Ministry of Education and Training is organizing this year only the end of secondary school exam, without the entrance exams to universities and for universities, the recruitment of learners. based only on the transcript of grades in high school. This means that it is easier than ever for applicants to enter college. " University admission time is expected to last until the end of 2020 which will also affect recruitment to vocational schools. Normally, many learners favor university studies to the detriment of vocational schools" , said D r Loc.
Lam Van Quan, president of the Ho Chi Minh City Vocational Education Association, added that universities are given large enrollment quotas and are opening more training programs. In addition, the quality of training, the facilities of many vocational schools are still not sufficient for students to apply for admission. This affects the recruitment of students for vocational schools.
As an expert on human resource forecasting, Tran Anh Tuan, deputy director of the Institute for International Economic Research and Training said that the need for mid-level human resources is very high for enterprises. For the period 2019-2025 Ho Chi Minh City will need each year to fill 300000 jobs, of which the intermediate level of qualification represents the highest share with 28% of these upcoming opportunities, while the university does not represent than 18%. Despite certain advantages, vocational schools still desperately await their learners!
Text and Photos: Quang Chau /CVN