Vietnam’s 3rd graders are about to experience a reaction to their country’s economic aspirations and its affinity for western culture. At least 20% of 3rd graders in Vietnam will be required to study English starting this fall under a government mandate that aims for 100% by 2018. Third graders will be required to take four English sessions per week.
Educators in Vietnam, however, question whether Vietnam can find enough English language teachers to reach the 100% goal, largely because of the low salaries that are an ongoing problem in Vietnam schools. There’s also a shortage of classroom space for the new compulsory English sessions, which will have 35 children on average in each class.