Over 19,000 Teachers Needed
A survey conducted recently at 12,744 schools across the country suggests that over 19,700 new teachers need to be recruited for the next twelve months while only 1,850 teachers will be enlisted for public schools this year.
Minister of Education and Sports Sengdeuane Lachanthaboune answered questions regarding government policy for schools of minorities and teacher quota allocation raised by members of the National Assembly at its ongoing 5th Ordinary Session yesterday.
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Savannakhet will be provided 172 teachers, the largest portion of teacher quotas available for 2018. Meanwhile, Xaysomboun will be given the smallest number – 68 teachers.
“Many schools are in need of teachers because of our mismanagement of teachers as many teachers teach subjects different from what they have been taught at universities or teacher training colleges. For instance, mathematic teachers are assigned to teach Lao language, Lao language teachers teach English classes. There are too many teachers for one subject but few for another,” said Minister Sengdeuane.
To mitigate teacher shortage and improve teaching and learning at schools, the Ministry of Education and Sports has recently decided to change the way new teachers are selected by allowing schools to choose by themselves qualified teachers who have passed an exam.