The Hanoitimes - As many as 120 educational managers from various provinces across Vietnam would finish a leadership training course in Singapore by the end of this month, said Deputy Minister of Education and Training Nguyen Vinh Hien.
The programme is part of a three-year cooperative programme between Vietnam 's Ministry of Education and Training and the Singapore Ministry of Education aimed at improving the quality of high-school principals.
The programme aims to develop management capacity among high-school principals by helping them renew their school management methodology in an ever-changing educational environment.
The educational managers come from departments of Education and Training or are principals of high schools.
They took part in a seven-day course in Singapore after previously joining a ten-day course at the National Institute of Education Management in Hanoi .
Returning from Singapore , the managers will take responsibility to retrain and improve education management skills of about 14,000 high-school principals in VietNam .
"Education management is expected to improve following the Singaporean model. Supervisory teams will be set up in each high school, helping both teachers and students improve teaching and learning," said Nguyen Thi Tien, director of Human Resource Division from Hai Duong province's Education and Training Department.
Students would be encouraged to develop their creativity by practising what they learnt rather than just absorbing theory and would have a chance to meet scientists and researchers to absorb and exchange experiences, said Tien who returned from Singapore in June after finishing the first course of this year.
"I expect to apply the lessons I learnt in Singapore to retrain other officials and local principals."
Under the three-year programme worth 2 million SGD (1.4 million USD) supported by the Singapore-based Temasek Foundation, 480 lecturers received training in 2008 and about 13,500 high-school principals were trained in education management skills in 2009