Deputy PM urges stronger educational reform

Friday, 2018-08-03 10:56:28
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Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam speaks at a national teleconference summing up the 2017-2018 academic year and deploying tasks for the new school year 2018-2019, Hanoi, August 2. (Photo: VGP)
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NDO - Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has stressed that innovation in education should be strengthened towards realising a specific roadmap.

The senior government official was speaking at a national teleconference held by the Ministry of Education and Training on August 2 to sum up the 2017-2018 academic year and launch tasks for the new school year of 2018-2019.

Speaking at the event, Deputy PM Dam said that in the common renovation trend of the nation, the education sector has achieved several positive results moving in the right direction. However, there are some stages that need to be accelerated, he added.

The education sector should open up more forums to facilitate exchanges on education from various angles, thus creating a consensus in society, the official said, adding that the school facilities should be another focus.

At the conference, Minister of Education and Training, Phung Xuan Nha, frankly discussed the limitations and weaknesses that are the entire sector is facing.

Delegates at the national teleconference discuss issues of the 2017-2018 academic year and tasks for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year, Hanoi, August 2. (Photo: NDO)

Minister Nha pointed to a shortage of schools in urban areas and industrial parks, especially preschools, while the provision of ethical education, life skills and physical education for students is still limited.

In particular, the organisation of the 2018 national high school graduation exam in late June also had shortcomings as exam questions were not really suited to the requirements of high school exams and the score marking software has vulnerabilities that could lead to a misuse of test results.

Meanwhile, there are still a large amount of graduates who could not find a suitable job and the quality of human resources has not yet met the requirements.

Minster Nha affirmed the need for accelerated innovation in the next academic year, while at the same time implementing key tasks to improve the quality and discipline of education.