Vietnam/ 8.3 Arts and cultural education  

8.3.1 Institutional overview

The Ministry of Education and Training is responsible for arts education at the primary and secondary level. The programme started in 1990s in big cities of Vietnam such as Hanoi and Hồ Chí Minh city, and the expanded to other provinces in early 2000. Statistic data in 2008 showed that the public art education system employed 31.523 teachers for music and painting (occupied 4.9 percent of total of teachers nationwide). The National University of Art Education is the biggest institution in this area.

The purpose of this programmewas to help pupils have a rich spiritual life and a capacity to arrange their life more scientifically. However, in many people’s opinion, subjects such as music and fine arts are extra courses in primary and secondary level and therefore pupils usually learn them passively, and moreover teachers from social sciences teach music and fine arts at the same time.

Chapter published: 30-11-2013