The Hanoitimes - The East Asia and Pacific region has seven of the top ten performing education systems in the world, with schools in China and Vietnam showing significant progress, according to a new World Bank report.
Released on March 15, the report “Growing Smarter: Learning and Equitable Development in East Asia and Pacific” pointed out that this is a major accomplishment that offers important lessons for countries around the world.
Raja Bentaouet Kattan, a co-author of the report, praised Vietnam for its comprehensive reform; suitable and effective policies, and investments related to education.
WB: Vietnam’s education gains impressive achievement
Vietnamese teachers working in remote and disadvantaged areas have enjoyed higher salaries than those in urban areas through the provision of allowances, she said.
The country also made a great reforms in diversifying examination methods, improving the quality of education and assessment based on students' competence, she added.
The national assessment expansion for subjects such as reading, maths, and Vietnamese language, is also one of the most important parts of the country’s education reform process, she noted.
According to the report, student performance isn’t necessarily tied to a country’s income level.
“By age 10, for example, the average Vietnamese student outperforms all but the top students in India, Peru, and Ethiopia,” it said.