Updated  
April, 22 2014 09:10:00

Reported textbook reform budget was a ‘mistake'

Photo citinews.net

HA NOI (VNS)— The reported VND34 trillion (US$1.6 billion) price tag for the Ministry of Education and Training's new textbook reform plan was an unfortunate mistake that caused misunderstanding among the public, said Minister Pham Vu Luan.

The cost, outlined by a representative from the ministry at a recent meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee, caused much public concern.

However, Luan said the amount was not listed on any document submitted by the ministry to the NA's Standing Committee meeting. Only the goals of the reform plan, performance and progress were presented and discussed, he said.

He explained on a weekly television programme People Ask and Ministers Answer last Sunday that the estimated budget of VND34trillion resulted from research by different groups of educational experts.

He said the experts proposed to use the budget not only for reforming textbook and education curricula, but also for retraining teaching staff, restructuring the teachers' training system and investing in new teaching and learning equipment.

They put the amount needed for the creation of new content for textbooks at around VND100 billion ($4.7 million).

Luan said the announcement on the budget was made while he was on a business trip overseas. A ministry representative mentioned the VND34 trillion while answering a question from NA deputies.

"We'll take responsibility for this mistake, however I want to repeat that the number is not on any papers submitted by us," he said.

He said that after the NA issued a decree on educational reform, the Prime Minister would announce the steps specific agencies needed to carry out.

The Ministry of Education and Training was expected to be assigned to work on building curricula and reforming textbooks, which would be then open for comment. — VNS

Send Us Your Comments:
Name:
Your E-mail address:
Title:
 

VietNamNews may edit your comments and not all emails will be published.

Highlight

Chinese drilling rig pulled out of Vietnam's waters Chinese drilling rig pulled out of Vietnam's waters

At 6:30pm on July 16, China's oil rig Haiyang Shiyou – 981 was 41 nautical miles from its previous position and out of Viet Nam's exclusive economic zone and continental shelf, about 163 nautical miles southwest of China's Hainan island, reported the Viet Nam Coast Guard High Command.  

School closed for torturing autistic students School closed for torturing autistic students

City authorities have shut down an illegal school for autistic children after it was found to be torturing its students.

Teachers question city's proposal to use e-books 1    Teachers question city's proposal to use e-books

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.

Beer plant left unfinished Beer plant left unfinished

A beer plant under construction in the centre of Ha Tinh City has become a pasture for local residents to graze oxen.

Noi Bai unveils first sleeping pods Noi Bai unveils first sleeping pods

Vietnam Airlines Tourism Company (VATC ) has installed the first ever sleeping pods in Noi Bai International Airport to serve the passengers.