22 million pupils enter new school year
  • |, TTXVN | September 05, 2017 09:14 AM
The new academic year officially began this morning, September 5.

Vietnam’s education and training sector still faces many challenges, including a shortage of classrooms in disadvantaged and mountainous areas and the student overcrowding at schools in big cities.

Foreign language teaching has proved ineffective, as, after 10 years of learning English, many students still can’t communicate in the language.


Thanh Xuan Trung Primary School in Hanoi starts the new school year

The 2017-2018 academic year is the fourth year in a comprehensive overhaul of the school system.

According to Minister of Education and Training Phung Xuan Nha, improving the quality of education, with a particular focus on morals, is one of the ministry’s main emphases this academic year.

More information on vocational training will be publicised so that colleges and universities can more easily determine the labour market for each sector, Nha said.

The national high school examination and Circular 30, which requires school teachers to give students comments based on performance, will both be revised.

Regarding the new model Vietnam New School model, he said that the ministry will review its application and deal recent misunderstandings of the model. He added that it was not necessary for all localities to apply the model.

According to the Ministry of Education and Training’s statistics, in the 2017-2018 school year, Vietnam has around 5 million pre-school children; 7.8 million primary school pupils; 5.32 million secondary school pupils and 2.47 million high school pupils. Meanwhile, the figure of college and university students is 1.75 million.


The opening ceremony of the new academic year at Ngo May Primary School in Binh Dinh Province


At Kim Noi Primary and Secondary School in Yen Bai Province's Mu Cang Chai District 


At Vinh Ninh Primary School in Thua Thien-Hue Province.

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