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Localities dust off books to usher in new academic year

Update: August, 26/2013 - 09:22
Localities nationwide are ready to welcome pupils and students to the new academic year of 2013-2014 which will kick off September 5.— Photo gdtd

HA NOI (VNS)— Localities nationwide are ready to welcome pupils and students to the new academic year of 2013-2014 which will kick off September 5.

At a working session with authorities from central Nghe An Province last Friday, Minister of Education and Training Pham Vu Luan urged the province to pay more attention to improving education quality and developing human resources, particularly by providing pre-school universalisation for five-year-old children, raising education quality for mountainous areas and private education and training establishments.

The 2013-14 academic year should focus on enhancing education management efficiency, ensuring enough classes for pupils, renovating education and training; and testing and assessment methods, he said.

Nghe An and other localities should also work to deal with issues such as the increasing rate of children attending schools, building national-standard schools and improving education quality and efficiency.

In the past, Nghe An has succeeded in establishing a network of schools by building at least one nursery school and one primary school for each commune, ward and town.

The province has also worked to renew training methods and apply information technology in education and training.

In HCM City, the municipal Education and Training Department has instructed schools to publicise all fees to prevent over-fee collection.

At a workshop in preparedness for the new school year, department director Pham Ngoc Thanh said the city's policy was aimed to not let any pupils drop from schools because of a financial shortage.

Education promotion associations at schools would work with the municipal Fatherland Front Committee to support disadvantaged pupils, he said.

The department has co-operated with relevant agencies to address urgent issues such as overcrowding at a number of schools, school shortages in some areas and a lack of teachers. The city currently lacks 300 teachers for pre-school education, 500 teachers for primary education and 400 teachers for secondary education.

The city will see around 1.5 million new students attend this academic year at over 1,800 schools.

Central Highlands provinces have actively mobilised and prioritised their resources to build new and upgraded school facilities in rural areas to improve learning conditions for ethnic minority children in the new academic year.

As a result, the total number of general schools and nurseries in the region have increased to 3,132.

The provinces have also paid special attention to consolidating temporary schools and classrooms, spending over VND1.5 trillion (US$71.4 million) since 2008 to upgrade 52,851 classrooms, leaving only 17,179 temporary classrooms in the region.

Dak Lak province is leading the region in the construction of school facilities for children, with an average of 967 new classrooms built every year. — VNS

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