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Vietnam has school education and child labour problems akin to India
In Vietnam, the educational problems are quite akin to that of India. Besides the unsatisfactory quality of education in small villages and interior habitations, the problems of child labour and human trafficking are also rampant.

Though some projects for improvement of quality of education with external assistance are on but improvement is reported to be slow. However, reports say that reading levels and habits have declined over the years as the case in many developing countries.

"Ethnic and cultural diversity of the country has not been linked to the curricular materials and classroom practices. Also, methods of classroom instruction at the school level are not child friendly leading to children dropping out of schools and becoming potential child labour. However, the higher education institutions are doing well. The new problem is the standard of English and now the coaching institutes are doing a good business," said the front office manager of a local hotel in Ha Long which is finding difficult to get workers and tourist guides well versed in English.

Pointing towards a news story in the paper of April 20, he said that acute child labour problem of highland province of Dak Lak wherein a good number of children in the age group of 10 to 15 years work in garment factories has been compounding. He further said that many out of school girls from poor families have become vulnerable to social evils like trafficking, sexual abuse and prostitution.

In India too, the problem of out of school children and child labour have not been solved despite the Right to Education Act, I told him when he queried. He agreed that the problem is not with children but implementing the schemes of the state and enforcing the Acts and the rules.

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