Strengthening pandemic prevention aligned with enhancing quality of education

Thursday, 2021-03-04 17:19:27
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Online teaching and learning conducted at the localities where schools are close. (Illustrative image/Photo: VNA)
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NDO - After the Lunar New Year holidays and online learning designed to prevent and control the COVID-19 pandemic, most preschool, primary and high school students across the country have returned to school.

Therefore, there should exist solutions to ensure the safety of all students as well as the appropriate teaching conditions while consolidating academic knowledge according to the set educational programmes.

During the recent wave of the pandemic, Vietnamrecorded several students and teachers as having been infected with COVID-19 virus, resulting in many people being isolated in quarantine. Facing these complicated developments of the pandemic, many localities were forced to close their schools, causing a significant impacton educational activities.

During the school closures, the Ministry of Education and Training directed educational institutions to build the content of online lessons, making them more suitable for students.

Currently, students have returned to school, and educational institutions are performing two tasks, enhancing teaching and reinforcing knowledge for learners while re-activating pandemic prevention and control systems.

The education sector has guided students and teachers in making medical declarations in accordance with regulations. In addition, educational institutions have carefully cleaned facilities and prepared medical equipment such as clean water supply systems, soap, antiseptic water, masks, and electronic thermometers for temperature measurement.

The measurement of body temperature and the wearing of masks are required for students, teachers, and staff before entering the school.

During this time, educational institutions should not organise activities which gather a large number of people while suspending sightseeing, extracurricular activities,and creative experiences for students.

In addition to epidemic prevention and control, the organisation of teaching and learning, especially forpreschool children, first graders, and 12th graders will face difficulties in ensuring optimal knowledge and skillstransfer to students.

Therefore, it is necessary to review conditions for the organisation of activities at preschool institutions and toinform staff, teachers, and parents to follow these to the letter.

For general education, in addition to teaching and learning new lessons, schools should create opportunities for students to review and consolidate the knowledge theylearned in online form while performing periodic examinations according to regulations.

At the same time, it is important to promote the renewal of teaching methods, improve the quality of professional expertise, and pay more attention to students with weak academic abilities.

Appropriate solutions should be developed to guide students to practice self-study and self-review, contributing to improving the quality of education.

Educational institutions also need to have compensatory teaching plans to appropriately reinforce knowledge for students and avoid creating pressure and negative psychology within learners.

Notably, educational institutions should pay due attention to 9th and 12th graders to help them prepare for examinations necessary to progress to higher grades. Meanwhile, online teaching and learning will continue atthe localities where schools are still closed.

As the pandemic has basically been controlled, plans to ensure teacher and student safety as well as the content of the curricula have also been prepared and implementedthoroughly by the entire education sector.

However, to promote the effectiveness of these solutions, the awareness and efforts of each citizen and close coordination between schools, teachers and parents are required. At the same time, each teacher needs to renewoptimal teaching methods and create excitement so that lessons can ensure the transfer of knowledge and skills tostudents, contributing to improving overall teaching and learning efficiency.