VietNamNet Bridge – The number of students registering to follow social science study branches has been decreasing dramatically. Therefore, social sciences schools have to offer a lot of preferences to rescue themselves and avoid the risk of closing schools.
Social sciences cannot attract students
There have been no official statistics about the numbers of students registering to attend university entrance exams. However, the reports by high schools all show that most students want to follow economics study branches, while the percentage of students, choosing social sciences, is very low.
According to Saigon giai phong newspaper, the majority of the students of Nguyen Truong To High School in Hanoi registered to attend A-group exams (mathematics, physics and chemistry). Only 5-10 percent of students have registered to attend A1 exams (mathematics, physics and foreign languages). Especially, only several students intend to follow social science studies and attend C-group exams (literature, history and geography).
Meanwhile, only 5 or 6 students of Nguyen Tat Thanh and Le Quy Don High Schools have registered to attend C-group exams.
Meanwhile, Giao duc Thoi dai newspaper reported that in 2011, only 6.4 percent of students attended the C-group exams. As the number of examinees has dropped dramatically, a lot of social science schools have to lower their requirements on students, or seek learners from the students, who fail the exams to other study branches. However, despite the efforts, the schools still cannot enroll enough students.
In 2011, the Quy Nhon University could find only five students who registered to study educational psychology. As a result, the school had to stop training in the major.
The psychology faculty of the Van Hien University has never enrolled enough students for the last 12 years, though the school only intends to enroll 70 students each year. Meanwhile, the sociology major got 5-7 candidates each year in the last two years.
The HCM City University of Social Sciences and Humanity saw the number of students registering to attend the exams to the school dropping from 17,500 in 2008 to 13,000 in 2009 and then to 12,000 in 2010.
According to the Ba Ria – Vung Tau provincial Enrolment Committee, the number of students attending C-group exams in recent years just accounts for 5-7 percent of the total students. In 2011, only 406 registrations to attend C-group exams were submitted, while the figure has been forecast to decrease further in 2012.
Social science schools struggle to survive
Social science schools have been making every effort to attract more students by renovating the curriculums, creating career opportunities for students, and getting more dynamic in seeking students.
In principle, the students, who want to follow university education in social sciences, have to attend C-group exams. However, a lot of schools have announced that they would accept the students who attend A and A1 group exams as well.
The HCM City University of Social Sciences and Humanity, for example, has decided to enroll A and A1 group examinees for Philosophy, Geography, Sociology and Library Science study branches.
Meanwhile, the Hanoi University of Social Sciences and Humanity has announced that it would accept A-group examinees for press and linguistics majors.
In thoughts of many people, students would follow social studies only if they are not good at mathematics and foreign languages to attend A or D group exams. However, the Hanoi University of Social Sciences and Humanity has reassured students that the graduates of social science schools have not become jobless as they think.
For example, the students of the International and Oriental Studies faculty of the school spend much time on learning foreign languages, which could be a big advantage for them to look for jobs.