How did the teachers and students resist the French Educational System in Vietnam? Explain with examples
Teachers and students did not blindly follow the curriculum. Sometimes, there was open
opposition. At other time there was silent resistance.
- As the numbers of Vietnamese teachers increased in the lower classes, it became difficult to control what .was actually taught.
- While teaching, Vietnamese teachers quietly modified the text and criticised what was stated.
- In 1926, a major protest erupted in the Saigon Native Girls School.
- A Vietnamese girl was asked to move to the back seat. She refused. She was expelled when other students protested. They were also expelled.
- Open protests spread. The government forced the school to take the student back.
- Students fought against the colonial government’s efforts to prevent the Vietnamese from qualifying for white collar jobs.
- Thus schools become an important place for political and cultural battles.