Training centres for tertiary entrance exams, which are crowded with students as testing time is drawing near, have been losing ground to online courses.
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As internet access becomes easier, especially for those living in urban areas, more students have been finding online courses as an effective way to study.
Nguyen Quang Duy, from Binh Thanh District in HCM City, said that he will not register at a training centre to study for the upcoming university entrance exam.
“I am getting tutoring from some of my former teachers. I'm taking lessons on the internet. For me it is just as good as studying at a training centre," he said.
Another former high school student from HCM City, Dieu Huong, said that training centres offer the same exercises that she can do at home online.
The centres around the University of Agriculture and Forestry and the University of Technical Education in Thu Duc District or around Binh Thanh, Go Vap districts in HCM City have seen few students coming to register.
The average number of students attending classes in these areas averages around 30 to 40 students per class, while some have only three or four.
Some centres have launched promotional programs with discounted fees, assistance for lodging and promises to help average students pass the exam. However, these programs have proved ineffective.
Not only do students find studying online more convenient, they also find internet classes very helpful as a number of them are designed and administered by highly qualified teachers.
Ha Huy Vu, a third-year student at the HCM City University of Economics, said that after graduating from high school he studied online for the tertiary entrance exam and passed.
“Studying online makes it possible for students from the countryside, like me, to save time and money,” Vu said. There are a lot of courses to choose from, and even the payment can be done easily via the internet".