During a New Year’s
visit to the Ministry of Education and Training on February 4, the
President asked the sector to reform its educating approach to optimise
creativity and start-up skills of learners.
The sector should work harder in supporting the cooperation between
training facilities and enterprises, while seeking new training models
in combination with the restructuring of training programmes in a number
of areas to produce a contingent of “global engineers,” he suggested.
The State leader stressed the need to improve the capacity of
teachers and management officials to serve the comprehensive reform of
education and training, as well as the necessity to pay more attention
to education and training in remote and poor areas, ensuring policy
beneficiaries and ethnic minority people can access education.
He also asked the sector to assist labourers in switching jobs and
ensure sustainable eradication of illiteracy, while expanding
international partnerships and encouraging foreign and Overseas
Vietnamese experts to work at education and research facilities in
Alongside, the sector should forge closer links between training
facilities and science and technology organisations and research
institutes, while building strong research groups and institutes and
universities to the regional standards in various fields, he requested.
President Tran Dai Quang also asked ministries, sectors and
localities to invest more in education as part of efforts to boost the
Looking back to the education sector’s performance in 2016, the
President acknowledged the efforts and achievements of the sector,
especially in fixing shortcomings of the high school graduation and
university entrance exams in 2015.
Students sent to international and regional Olympiads reaped high
results, he noted, adding that Vietnam successfully hosted the 27th
Biology Olympiad with the participation of 250 students from 68
countries and territories. According to the OECD Programme for
International Student Assessment for 2015, Vietnam also ranked eight
among 72 countries in terms of science.
In 2016, Minister of Education and Training Phung Xuan Nha issued a
decree specifying nine major tasks and five measures for the sector in
the 2016-2017 academic year, focusing on improving the quality of
teachers and education management officials at all levels, strengthening
the autonomy of tertiary education facilities, and developing
high-quality human resources.