|Party Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong attends the beginning of the new academic year at the Nguyen Gia Thieu High School in Ha Noi yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Tri Dung
HA NOI (VNS) — Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong beat a drum on the occasion of the beginning of the new academic year yesterday at Ha Noi's Nguyen Gia Thieu high school, which he attended nearly 60 years ago.
In his opening speech, Trong encouraged the school to further improve the quality of teaching and learning, both in academic and moral terms, and in ways that inspire a sense of creativity and self-directed learning amongst the students.
As the capital strived to become a modern metropolis over the next five years, the education sector needed to play its part, he urged.
This would require the efforts of all relevant authorities, organisations and industries, he added.
Later, he unveiled a plaque in acknowledgement of the high school's progress, planted a tree on campus and met with alumni and ex-teachers at the school.
To mark the start of the new school-year, President Truong Tan Sang has sent his best wishes to teaching staff, students, and parents nationwide.
The President praised the great efforts and achievements of the education sector.
He said this was the first year Viet Nam had implemented a Party Resolution on radical education and training reform to handle industrialisation and modernisation under a socialist-oriented market economy integrating into the world economy.
He told party committees, local governments, social organisations, and families to pay more attention to education and create more favourable conditions for its development.
The President also sympathised with the difficulties that teachers in remote and mountainous areas faced.
Also yesterday, senior officials of the Party and State participated in ceremonies at various schools throughout the country on the occasion of the beginning of the new academic year.
President of the Viet Nam Fatherland Front's Central Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan visited Nguyen Thien Thanh High School for Gifted Students in the southern province of Tra Vinh, where the graduation rate is 100 per cent and 80 per cent of students advance to university.
On this occasion, Nhan awarded 271 scholarships worth VND425 million (US$20,000) to disadvantaged local students.
He then participated in the inauguration of new dormitories at Tra Vinh University. The building can accommodate 3,500 students, with priority given to students from disadvantaged backgrounds and members of the Khmer ethnic group.
Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc addressed the teachers and students at Lang Sen primary school in Kim Lien commune, Nam Dan district, in the central province of Nghe An – the late President Ho Chi Minh's homelands – and expressed his hope that they continued to strive towards better teaching and learning achievements in the 2014-2015 academic year.
Phuc also granted scholarships to 20 outstanding students.
That same day, Dinh The Huynh, Politburo member and Head of the Party Central Committee's Commission for Education and Popularisation, attended the opening ceremony at Hoang Van Thu High School for Gifted Students in the northern province of Hoa Binh.
Meanwhile, National Assembly Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong visited a number of schools in Muong Chanh commune, Mai Son district, in the mountainous northern province of Son La. — VNS