VietNamNet Bridge – Hundreds of Hanoian parents spent sleepless nights queuing up in front of the Giang Vo Experimental School to buy application forms for studying at the school. The entrance door to the school was brought down by the crowd of parents, while the chaos was only settled with the presence of the police.
Le Thi Tu, a parent, was so happy when became the 35th person who got the application form for studying at the school. Tu’s elder child was once a student of the school, and she now wants to send the second child to the school as well.
| Parents gather in front of the Giang Vo Experimental School |
“I believe that the friendly environment here at the school is very good for children, therefore, it is suitable to my children,” she said.
In fact, obtaining an application form does not mean that Tu’s child has surely obtained a seat at the school. She would still need to submit the application form and then her child would have to experience an entrance test, the result of which would decide whether the child can enter the school.
A lot of parents, who were seen queuing up in front of the school for application forms, all said they need to send their children to the school, at any cost.
Pham Huu Trung, a parent from Kham Thien Street, also said that he had to queue up since 5 am and he luckily got an application form, which is considered the “ticket” for his child to study at the prestigious school.
Trung said that he wants his children to study at the school simply because he believes the environment here is the best to his children.
“The school has been following a modern teaching method, which does not put pressure on students. As you see, the landscape here is very friendly with verdure, large school yards, the things which you will not find at other state owned schools,” he said.
“If your children can study here, they would enjoy their lessons and they would not feel too tired. Meanwhile, if your children are the students of other state owned schools, they would have to bear a hard pressure. Especially, they would have to attend extra tutoring classes which cost your money and time,” he continued.
Nguyen Thi Thanh Thuy affirmed that she knows the schools better than anyone else, because she has two nieces studying here. Thuy has the chances to visit the classrooms, the material facilities of the school and exchange view with the teachers.
“I believe that the education method here is very good and suitable to our children. The biggest advantage of the school is that students here do not feel the pressure and they can avoid the “achievement disease” – the disease that most of other schools are suffering,” Thuy said.
Le Quang Dung, a parent from Tay Ho district, said that he wants to send his child to the school not because he hopes the child can become a talent like Professor Ngo Bao Chau, the Fields medal winner, who was once the student of the school, but simply because the school can help develop children’s thinking and creativeness. Besides, the soft skills children can learn at the school would help them succeed in their lives.
“I strongly oppose the education method under which teachers try to stuff students’ heads with too much knowledge, the method which is being followed by most of the state owned schools,” Dung said.
Urban parents nowadays, who believe that the traditional teaching method has become out of date and too pressurized, want their children to approach new teaching method, under which, children can both study and play.
The Giang Vo Experimental School is one of the schools which parents think can satisfy their requirements. Established 30 years as the school, which applies a new teaching method, under which students are in the center, the school remains an “experimental school.” No one can say why the experimental model, which has shown many advantages, has not been applied in a larger scale in Vietnam.