HCM CITY — Overwhelming curriculums, teaching-method reforms, the need for more playgrounds, and the problem of violence at school were raised by school students in HCM City during a meeting with city leaders last Saturday.
More than 130 children from primary and junior secondary schools as well as orphanages participated in the meeting with members of the Party Committee, People's Committee, People's Council, and Fatherland Front Committee.
"Children need more playgrounds for entertainment after school," Duong Thi Cam Nhung of An Phu Secondary School in District 2 said.
"Playgrounds for children are in severe short supply, particularly in remote areas."
Vo Nguyen Truc Phuong of Quang Trung Secondary School in Tan Binh District suggested reducing theory classes to make way for practical classes to make school curriculums more interesting.
School violence had reached alarming levels, Nguyen Chi Si, a student of Phan Dang Luu Secondary School in District 8, said, adding that even minor disagreements led to fights among students.
All schools should educate students about the laws and the effects of violence, he said.
Le Hong Son, director of the city Department of Education and Training, promised: "Measures will be taken to cope with violence among students.
"The department will recommend that the Ministry of Education and Training should reform curriculums and teaching methods to ease the overload faced by students."
Le Thanh Hai, secretary of the Party Committee, said that the city had green lighted the construction of 3D cinemas in five districts.
The city would offer the best conditions it could to children and attach priority to programmes designed to achieve that, he assured. — VNS