|Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan gives certificates of merit to 17 students who topped the university entrance exam. The ceremony was held at Ha Noi Medical University. — VNA/VNS Photo Minh Quyet
HA NOI (VNS)— The country's leaders yesterday joined opening ceremonies with students and pupils at various schools across the country to mark the new academic year.
Visiting Hung Yen Specialist High School in the northern province of Hung Yen, National Assembly Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong applauded the achievements made by the school's teachers and pupils over the past years.
She noted that the school should continue to strive towards leading the province in the quality of education and training.
She instructed the provincial education sector to tighten management work, give more priority to disadvantaged schools to turn out good citizens for the province.
Attending the opening ceremony at the northern mountainous province of Yen Bai's Ethnic Minority Boarding High School, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said education and training remained a top priority for the Party and State, particularly for ethnic minority children.
He urged the school to create favourable conditions for pupils and build a strong teaching staff in terms of both quality and quantity while encouraging pupils to overcome difficulties.
Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan visited the Ha Noi Medical University, hailing its achievements over the past year, particularly its renovations in training, scientific research and infrastructure.
Nhan stressed that the school helped to train many leading experts in the fields of healthcare, treatment and disease prevention, proving its prestige, capacity and close links between training and real social demand.
On the same day, Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan and leaders of the ministries of Education and Training and Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs visited an ethnic minority boarding school in the northern province of Hoa Binh.
On this occasion, Doan granted 10 scholarships worth VND5 million (US$238) each to excellent pupils from poor families.
Visiting Ly Tu Trong Secondary School in the central province of Khanh Hoa, National Assembly Vice Chairman Uong Chu Luu instructed the school to continue renewing education management and improving education and training quality.
Le Thanh Hai, Secretary of the HCM City Party Committee, said yesterday that practical measures for fundamental, comprehensive reforms in the education and training sector should be undertaken this year.
Addressing an inaugural ceremony for the new school year at the Nguyen Du High School in District 1, he said the municipal Department of Education and Training and school leaders should create optimal conditions for students to excel.
Le Hong Son, director of the HCM City Department of Education and Training, had said earlier that more than 1,330 new classrooms were put into use for the 2013-14 school year.
The department earmarked VND1.55 trillion (US$73.8 million) to build more than 2,800 new classrooms and more than VND730 billion ($34.7 million) for acquiring teaching devices and accessories this school year, he said. —VNS