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Plan to use e-books in schools

Update: August, 02/2014 - 12:00

E-books are taking over from books made from paper.

There's even a plan now to have e-books in schools.

However, some teachers wonder whether people who are poor will be able to afford the tablets that are needed to go with e-books.

On the up side, it will make children's schoolbags less heavy.

A primary student reads an e-book during English class. A new proposal would see students from first to third grade in HCM City use e-books instead of printed books this upcoming school year.
A primary student reads an e-book during English class. A new proposal would see students from first to third grade in HCM City use e-books instead of printed books this upcoming school year. -  VNA/VNS Photo Minh Tu

HCM CITY (VNS) — E-books would replace printed textbooks in the first to third grades in HCM City for the upcoming schools year under a new proposal, the vice chairman of the city People's Committee Hua Ngoc Thuan has said.

Thuan said the e-books would serve multiple purposes, replacing heavy backpacks, and improving IT application part of the current education reform efforts.

However, many teachers have questioned whether the schools or parents can afford such a plan.

Feedback from teachers and parents will be collected by the Department of Education and Training, which is administering the pilot project. It will then submit a report to the city's Party Committee and the ministry.

At a recent meeting of the People's Committee in HCM City, teachers discussed the proposal.

Nguyen Thi Tot of the education office in Thu Duc District expressed concern about the projects' feasibility, saying that more teachers would be needed to give instruction to students on how to use the tablets. She said there was already a teacher shortage.

Families in poorer districts would not be able to pay for the tablets, and the districts do not have enough money to buy tablets for the e-books.

Nguyen Ngoc Hanh, vice principal of Nguyen Binh Khiem Primary School, also said that poor students would be at disadvantage, noting that the school does not have the funds to buy the tablets.

Pham Van Bang of the southern-based representative office of the Central Committee for Publicity and Education said the city should carefully consider the pilot project, which would cost about VND4.4 trillion (US$209 million) to implement.

Nguyen Van Lam, deputy head of the city's budget, asked that the Department of Education and Training survey parents to find out how many of them were willing to contribute a partial payment for the tablets.

Moreover, research on the benefits of such tablets with students of a very young age should be studied.

Le Thai Hy, head of the Department of Information and Communication, said that the content of e-books should be visually appealing and stimulate children's creativity.

He said the department could partner with local electronics companies to provide cheap tablets.

Domestic software companies should also be encouraged to take part in the project, he added. —VNS

GLOSSARY

E-books would replace printed textbooks in the first to third grades in HCM City for the upcoming schools year under a new proposal, the vice chairman of the city People's Committee Hua Ngoc Thuan has said.

Textbooks are printed books used by students for their courses.

A proposal is a formal letter that tells of a new idea.

Thuan said the e-books would serve multiple purposes, replacing heavy backpacks, and improving IT application part of the current education reform efforts.

Multiple means many.

If something is current, it is happening now.

Reform means making changes.

Feedback from teachers and parents will be collected by the Department of Education and Training, which is administering the pilot project.

A pilot project is a project that is taken out as an experiment. If pilot projects look like they are successful, they are often made into bigger projects.

Nguyen Thi Tot of the education office in Thu Duc District expressed concern about the projects' feasibility, saying that more teachers would be needed to give instruction to students on how to use the tablets. Concern means worry.

If a project is feasible, it should be able to work.

Nguyen Ngoc Hanh, vice principal of Nguyen Binh Khiem Primary School, also said that poor students would be at disadvantage, noting that the school does not have the funds to buy the tablets.

If you are at a disadvantage, things do not work well for you.

Pham Van Bang of the southern-based representative office of the Central Committee for Publicity and Education said the city should carefully consider the pilot project, which would cost about VND4.4 trillion (US$209 million) to implement.

To implement a project means to carry it out.

Nguyen Van Lam, deputy head of the city's budget, asked that the Department of Education and Training survey parents to find out how many of them were willing to contribute a partial payment for the tablets.

A deputy is a person who is second in charge.

A budget is a plan on how an amount of money should be spent.

Partial payment means part of the total of an amount that should be paid.

Le Thai Hy, head of the Department of Information and Communication, said that the content of e-books should be visually appealing and stimulate children's creativity.

Something that is visually appealing looks nice.

To stimulate means to encourage.

Creativity means using your imagination to make something new.

Domestic software companies should also be encouraged to take part in the project, he added.

Software companies are companies that make computer programmes. Domestic computer companies are those that are inside the country. In other words, within Viet Nam.

WORKSHEET

Find words that mean the following, in the Word Search

1.      A person who is second in charge.

2.      An abbreviation for the name of a famous leader after whom the city that was once called Saigon, is now named.

3.      A device one uses to read an e-book.

4.      Something the Department of Information and Communication could do with local electronics companies to provide cheap tablets.

5.      If there are not enough teachers, there is a ________.

 

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