HCMC vocational schools struggle to enroll students

Although hundreds of thousands of university graduates fail to secure jobs, students and their families still hope to attend university at any cost-leaving vocational schools struggling to attract enough students to operate. In the 2017 enrollment season, only 13,000 applied for 66 vocational schools in HCM City, approximately half of the number the schools could accommodate. – Photo toplist.vn In the southern hub HCM City, where demand for skilled workers never seems to cease, the problem is particularly acute: In the 2017 enrollment season, only 13,000 applied for 66 vocational schools in HCM City, approximately half of the number the schools could accommodate, according to the city Department of Education and Training. One school could only admit two dozen students for every major it offered. The low number of students means a shortage of funding for operational costs and teachers’ salaries, putting these schools in a financial crisis. “It hurts when we have to consider closing down. We have greatly invested money, time and efforts and poured our hearts into education, but without sufficient students, we are doomed,” Phương Nam post-secondary vocational school deputy rector Đào Thị Ngọc told Thanh niên (Young People) newspaper.’Short-term for long-term’ Some schools refused to idly wait for the end to come. Tây Sài Gòn school has opened an English-Computer Centre to teach both its vocational students and outside learners in an effort to generate more income for the school. “The school also opened short courses on electricity engineering or tailoring, of which the tuition…

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