24 million students start new school year
  • | | September 05, 2019 12:19 PM
More than 24 students nation-wide began the 2019-2020 school year today, September 5.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc speaks at the new school-year opening ceremony at Son Tay High School in Hanoi on September 5

According to the Ministry of Education and Training, overcrowding in urban areas and ensuring proper infrastructure for remote and mountainous regions would be their main priority for the new academic year.

In a letter sent to teachers, parents, and pupils ahead of the new school year, Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong praised positive results from new reforms that the education sector had made in the previous year.

"Training quality has continued to be improved," he wrote. "Many pupils had better results in international maths and science competitions."


 Pupils at the Hanoi-Amsterdam High School in Hanoi attend the new school-year opening ceremony

As one of the country's biggest cities, Hanoi has 2,746 schools with nearly 3 million students an increase of 40,000 students compared to last year.

In Ho Chi Minh City, schools already started the new school year on August 20 with 1.4 million pupils from primary to high school level.

Pupils at Le Quy Don High School in Ho Chi Minh City attend the new school-year opening ceremony

According to the HCM City Department of Education and Training, in the 2019-2020 school year, the city saw a rise of 76,000 pupils compared to the number of the last school year. The secondary level reported the sharpest rise at nearly 26,500 pupils, followed by primary level at nearly 21,800 pupils and high school level at 20,000 pupils.

Some districts including 7, 9, 12, Go Vap, Tan Phu, Binh Tan, Thu Duc, and Binh Chanh saw the biggest increase in the number of students due to rapid urbanisation.

The rise has put more of a burden on many schools, with many having 50 pupils in each class.

Secretary of Ho Chi Minh City's Central Party Committee, Nguyen Thien Nhan beats the drum to open a new academic year at HCM City's Le Quy Don High School on September 5

The department, however, vowed to ensure enough place for 100 per cent of pupils living in the city. The city aims to have 300 classrooms/10,000 pupils by 2020.

Many government and state leaders this morning visited schools nationwide on the opening day of the new-school year.

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Hanoi chairman Nguyen Duc Chung and Minister of Education and Training, Phung Xuan Nha, came to attend the new school-year opening ceremony at Son Tay High School in Hanoi.

Chairwoman of the National Assembly, Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan attended a ceremony at the Dong Thap Muoi High School in the southern province of Dong Thap.

Deputy PM Truong Hoa Binh attended a ceremony at Hoang Hoa Tham Primary School in the central province of Thanh Hoa.

Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam visited Le Van Tam Primary School in HCM City.

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