Traditionally in Vietnamese schools the school report was in book form – carried around in the school bag and filled in as often as once a month, parents could follow failures and successes.
VietNamNet Bridge – Sporadic school reports may have been bad news for some pupils, but it just got worse – electronic reports can now be sent almost daily.
However, now schools are instead using a new computer software system which sends text message reports to anxious parents – often daily.
“The student did not learn well in lessons today and did not concentrate,” this was the message sent to Ngoc Nhung’s mobile phone, a parent of a 9th grade student of Tran Van On Secondary School in district 1 of HCM City late last week.
Nhung said she receives messages regularly which tell her of her son’s activities at school. She said she and her husband are both very busy and cannot keep close watch over their son’s study. However, thanks to the test message reports, generated by software called, called ‘Ectschool’, Nhung says she feels she is always in touch.
Doctor Nguyen Thi Ngoc Phuong, who was once the director of Tu Du Maternity Hospital, also likes receiving information about her grandchild who is going to Tran Hung Dao Primary School. A recent message reads: “10 for mathematics and 10 for Vietnamese language tests. Eating like a horse, playing ping-pong well”.
Phuong says the updates are very useful for parents who do not have time to keep close watch over their children.
According to Bui Duy Phuong, Headmaster of Tran Hung Dao Primary School, 80 percent of parents use the system, while the figure is 50 percent at Ket Doan Primary School.
Le Ngoc Diep, senior official of the HCM City Education and Training Department, says traditional reports are still being upheld. However, parents nowadays demand more information about students more regularly. Therefore, the Ectschool is a good solution.
However, not everyone is in favour. Some educators warned that in some cases, the system can do more harm than good. Students may feel uneasy when they know every move is being watched and reported back to parents.
Others feel parents would be better to spending their time talking with their children to find out their problems rather than relying on short updates from a third party via text messages.
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