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HCMC Struggles With Teacher Shortage as New School Year Approaches

Schools in every district of Saigon have been searching for teachers and lecturers since June.

The HCMC Department of Education of Training is currently hiring 443 high school teachers in 19 subjects, reports Giao Duc Thoi Dai. District 7's Education and Training Unit is currently in need of 200 teachers for schools at all levels in the area. District 5 is hiring 110 teachers, while District 3 needs 80 teachers across all grades. The department even recently dropped the requirement that teachers have to be based in Saigon in order to reach a larger pool of potential applicants.

A report from Sai Gon Giai Phong paints a different picture. According to the news source, compared to previous years, demand for teachers in the 2019-2020 academic year has fallen in some districts. In Binh Thanh District, for example, this year's demand has decreased by half compared to last year. District 2 needs 65 new teachers for the new school year, compared to a shortage of 131 teachers last year.

A small decrease in demand can also be seen in Thu Duc District, District 5 and Tan Phu District, especially at the pre-school and primary school levels.

In higher education, however, universities are undergoing faculty staff shortage and struggling to recruit lecturers, according to Thanh Nien. Many universities are placing job openings on their websites, calling for a large number of applicants for lecturer and teaching assistant positions.

[Photo via Thanh Nien]

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