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School stampede highlights Vietnam education woes

4:47 AM, Jun 26, 2012   |    comments
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HANOI, Vietnam -- A recent stampede for application forms at a highly sought-after primary school in Vietnam underscores the deep problems with the country's education system.

The stampede at the Thuc Nghiem primary school -- one of the only ones in the country to feature American-style learning rather than rote memorization -- resulted in only a few minor bruises and no arrests.

But it shows how Vietnam's rising middle class is desparate for alternatives.

Nearly four decades after the Vietnam War, the country's education system remains so corrupt and backward it's impeding economic growth.

Schools at all levels are hampered by cheating, bribery and a lack of world-renowned programs and researchers. The result is a surging number of Vietnamese students are attending international-style private schools and later overseas colleges and universities.

By MIKE IVES, Associated Press

The Associated Press

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