Boring curriculums contribute to university dropouts

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Lecturers have said hundreds of students had been either being expelled or left universities because of boring curriculums and a lack of interest.

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Ho Chi Minh City University of Law issued a list of 320 students who were expelled, suspended or given warnings

From 2006 to 2015, Binh Phuoc Province subsidised 828 students but 232 were frequently absent from classes or failed to meet the academic goals. 128 students were expelled or left.

Ho Chi Minh City University of Agriculture and Forestry expelled 946 students for being too lazy with their studies. They received three warnings before being expelled. Ho Chi Minh City University of Law issued a list of 320 students who were either expelled, suspended or given warnings. Ho Chi Minh City University of Social Sciences and Humanities issued warnings and expelled 214 students that couldn`t meet the minimum credits or average scores of all subjects.

Lecturer Le Ba Chi Nhan from the University of Economics, Ho Chi Minh City, said, "Nowadays, students have so much modern technology but they depend on the gadgets and technology too much that they become too lazy to think for themselves. Some ignore their studies after enrolling in universities to find work."

He went on to say that it`s sad when universities had to expel students. In order to ensure quality output, universities should find ways to make classes more attractive to students.

Tran Van Lop, deputy head of Hanoi University of Science and Technology, said most of the expelled students were first or second years. A boring introductory curriculum was blamed and the academic environment in high schools and universities were also cited as being vastly different.

"For a university that specifies in technology like us, basic subjects are necessary. Some students may not understand why they have to study them and feel bored. I think this is just a selection process," he said.

In order to make the classes more interesting, the university decided to only teach some basic subjects in the first semester with classes about soft-skills and start-ups.

Tran Khac Thac, vice head of the training department at Thuy Loi University, also agreed that the boring subjects should be spread out and the universities should include classes about vocational skills such as teamwork. The curriculum was designed to help first years become more familiar with new studying environment.

"We have an annual dialogue where students can question the management board. We also assign consultants for each class to help with educational planning and counsel them for various issues," he said.

Source: VietNamNet

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