Ms. Nguyen Thi Nghia, MOET Vice Minister delivered speech at the event. (Photo: H.H)

The event was attended by Ms. Nguyen Thi Nghia, MOET Vice Minister, Mr. Ta Ngoc Tri, Deputy Director, Primary Education  Department, the Ministry of Education and Training; Nguyen Dinh Manh, Deputy Director, Office of the Ministry of Education and Training; Mr. Akihiro FUSHIMI, Education Specialist, UNICEF Regional Office for East Asia and the Pacific and deputies from the relevant Departments under the MOET, the Department of Child Affairs under the Ministry of Labor, War-Invalids and Social Affairs, the Ethnic Council and the Committee on Culture, Education, Young People and Children under the National Assembly, General Statistics Office, UN agencies in Vietnam, experts of UNICEF and UNESCO in the region.

The total number of out-of-school children from 5-14 has been reduced significantly and the greatest reduction was observed among five-year-old pre-primary school children.

The study showed that the percentage of ethnic minority children who have never attended school or who dropped out (out of school children) in 2014 was significantly less than in 2009. The Khmer and the Mong made significant progress over the period, but they still had the highest out-of-school rates of all the ethnic minority groups. It also pointed out a large disparity in the out-of-school rates for the poorest and the richest households, and the difference increased with the level of education. For the 5-year-old, the percentage of out-of-school children from the poorest households was three times higher than those from the richest households.

This difference increased to 5.5 times higher for the children of primary school age and 10 times higher for the children of lower secondary school age. Children of primary and lower secondary school age in rural areas were more disadvantaged than those in urban areas in all the regions, especially the children in the rural parts of the mountainous Northern Midlands and the Central Highlands. Migrant groups consistently perform worse than non-migrant groups and the difference also increases with age. Migrant families have a higher rate of out of school children aged 5 than that of non-migrant families, specifically at 1.2 times at the age of 5, 1.6 times at primary school age and 1.7 times at lower secondary age.

The report is the updated version of “the Report on Out-of-school children: Vietnam country study 2013” published by the MOET. Following the guidance of the Out-of-School Children Conceptual and Methodological Framework (CMF) initiated by UNICEF and UNESCO Institute for Statistics, with technical support from UNICEF Vietnam.

The study looks at the situation of out-of-school between the age of 5 and 14 years old, and the children attending primary and lower secondary school but at risk of dropping out. It analyzes barriers and bottlenecks from both the demand side - children and their parents and the supply side including education system as well as other related agencies at all levels. Demand side economic barriers are associated with poverty which restricts their affordability of educational costs. Supply side barriers concern bottlenecks related to infrastructure and resources, teachers, education management and other systemic issues such as learning programme, data system, governance, capacity and financing mechanism. It also proposes recommendations to remove those barriers.

Addressing the event, MOET Vice Minister Nguyen Thi Nghia said “Vietnam has made significant progress in universalisation of primary and lower secondary education and has achieved MDGs in education. The country has committed to the Sustainable Development Goals in Education. In this context, this report provides evidence that help improve policy, legislation and education management to overcome the barriers and ensure that the right to education is realized for all children

“Given the disparities that remain, I strongly encourage the Ministry of Education and Training, provincial DOETs, related ministries and development partners to make the best use of this valuable dataset and to translate the analysis into critical policy revisions, targeted management actions and improved practices in public finance management in education to reduce education costs and address other barriers in order to accelerate access to inclusive education for those disadvantaged groups of children who lag behind as evidenced in the study report”, said Yoshimi Nishino, UNICEF Vietnam Acting Deputy Representative.

The report utilizes the data from the Intercensal Population and Housing Survey 2014 as the single source of data. Out-of-school children in this report are analyzed by different characteristics, including age, gender, ethnicity, urban/rural residence, regions, income quintiles and migration and also multiple variables.

The report provides a national analysis with more in-depth analysis of OOSC profile for six localities including Lao Cai, Ninh Thuan, Kon Tum, Ho Chi Minh city, Dong Thap and An Giang./.

Summary table of the number of Out-of-school children (OOSC) in 2009 and 2014

 


OOSC (thousands)

Less in 2014 than in 2009

(%)

Boys

Girls

Total

Boys

Girls

Total

 

2009

2014

2009

2014

2009

2014

Dimension 1: Pre-primary school children (age 5)

92.4

52.1

83.5

47.1

175.8

99.2

43.6

43.6

43.6

Dimension 2: Primary school children

136.3

94.6

126.3

85.9

262.6

180.5

30.6

32.0

31.3

Dimension 3: Lower secondary school children

377.7

238.1

311.2

197.6

688.8

435.7

37.0

36.5

36.7

Total (all 3 dimensions)

606.4

384.9

521.0

330.6

1,127.3

715.4

36.5

36.6

36.5

Total (dimensions 2 + 3)

514.0

332.8

437.5

283.5

951.5

616.2

35.3

23.2

35.3

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