MGR Online – Laos is facing a teacher shortage crisis. Revealing the academic year 2021-65, 4,500 teachers across the country retired and resigned, but received only 390 additional quotas, the Education Minister told the Central Council. Found more than 250 schools, not a single full-time teacher.
Yesterday (June 18), the story of Teacher Asa Meng Thao Phialuang was widely spread in Laos online communities. A picture of Asa Teacher Meng Thao crying after receiving the school principal’s gratuity. causing discomfort to those who have seen and heard his story.
According to TARGET magazine, Meng Thao Pia Luang, 35, volunteered to be a volunteer teacher. Teach for students in Thung Saen Secondary School, Mueang Kham Kerd, Boli Kham Sai Province for 8 years. He chose to do this occupation because he loved being a teacher. like teaching Although being a volunteer teacher does not have a regular salary. But he had always hoped that he would be able to take the government exams. became a regular teacher for a day
Asa teacher Meng Thao has 5 children. The school pays an annual fee of 2 million Kip or 4,000 baht per year (exchange rate of 500 Kip per 1 baht), divided into 1 million Kip in the morning teaching fee and 1 in the noon class. Million kip, friends, teachers and students have helped volunteer teachers Meng Thao to add rice, an average of 200 kilograms per year.
May 31 Ministry of Education and Sports Announcing the number of government teacher quotas that will be increased in this fiscal year Which has a total of 390 people, Balikhamxay district has a quota for 11 more teachers, but Thung Saen Secondary School does not have the quota.
Meng Thao had to decide to quit his job as a volunteer teacher to pursue another career. because if waiting for the examination when the school receives the quota It may take another 2-3 years, at which time his age was exceeded. can’t take the exam
On Friday, June 17, Thung Saen Secondary School held a farewell ceremony for Asa Teacher Meng Thao, the school director gave him 500,000 kip as a gratuity. tears come out And it became a viral image that was spread throughout the online community in Laos.
Yesterday, the Facebook page of Suliudong Sundala, Deputy Minister of Education and Sports The number of teachers in the Lao education system revealed that in 2021 there were 74,041 teachers in Laos, 40,081 of them were women, accounting for 42 percent of the total number of government teachers. And across the country, there are 7,913 volunteer teachers.
These teachers are responsible for teaching general students. from kindergarten, primary, secondary, and vocational classes, totaling 1.7 million people
But the shocking data is the academic year 2021-2022, the Ministry of Education and Sports. There are 4,500 government officials who have retired, resigned, and moved out, but there are only 390 government quotas.
Phut Simalawong, Minister of Education and Sports said at the 3rd General Meeting of the 9th National Assembly on Friday morning, June 17, that From the survey found in this school year There are more than 250 schools without a single full-time teacher.