HCM CITY — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung yesterday called for greater efforts to improve the quality of education nation-wide, making it more practical, ethical and relevant to current needs.
|Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (dark suit) poses yesterday with officials of the HCM City People's Committee and teachers and students of Le Hong Phong High School as they rang in the 2012-13 school year. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Vu.
Speaking at the opening ceremony for the new academic year at HCM City's Le Hong Phong High School, he lauded the achievements of the education and training sector in recent years, saying they had contributed to raising the quality of human resources in the country.
The Party and the State consistently accords top priority to education and training in formulating national policies, considering it crucial for achieving sustainable development, he said.
"Education and training is the determining factor for the success of the country's industrialisation and modernisation," Dung said.
He said education and training in Viet Nam has seen remarkable progress thanks to concerted efforts by the sector, the entire political apparatus and society as a whole.
The scale and number of schools have been expanded while the quality of education has been upgraded gradually.
The country has basically implemented the strategy to achieve universal primary education by 2000 and universal secondary education by 2010, and is now working on compulsory kindergarten education for children under the age of five, he said.
The PM praised positive changes seen in the government's management of the education and training sector, especially in efforts made to provide access to residents of disadvantaged and remote areas and reach out to ethnic minorities.
He said the quality of teaching and professionalism among teachers has also improved.
"Thanks to these efforts and achievements, the quality of human resources has been upgraded, contributing to an increase in the proportion of trained labourers from 16 per cent in 2000 to 40 per cent in 2010. The increase has contributed significantly to the development of the whole country," Dung said.
However, he cautioned that several shortcomings and weaknesses still remained in the education and training sector that needed to be addressed.
President issues message
for new academic year
State President Truong Tan Sang has sent a greeting letter to teachers, students and their parents nationwide on the occasion of the new school year 2012-2013.
He said the school-year 2012-2013 is very important because this will be the first year to realize the Education Development Strategy 2011 – 2020.
He urged the whole education sector to keep renewing management mechanisms; improving the quality of teachers and education officials and building a friendly and healthy education environment; providing equal opportunities for studying to everyone; and settling headache-inducing issues such as cheating in exams and classroom violence.
He also suggested Party committees and state agencies at all levels, as well as organizations and all of society, keep co-ordinating with the education sector to realize the nation's educational goals.
The quality of education is yet to meet social needs and demands, he said.
He called for improvements in "social knowledge," information technology and foreign language training, saying national capacity in these areas needed to be developed further.
Education in general was still more focused on theory and less on practical applications, he said.
The Prime Minister also highlighted the lack of attention paid to training in ethical values, saying this had led to cheating in exams as well as granting formal educational qualifications (like degrees and diplomas).
The new school year (2012-2013) was the second year to implement the Resolution of Eleventh Communist Party Congress, which requires swift development of the country's manpower, especially high quality human resources, the PM noted.
He said the resolution calls for comprehensive improvements in the education and training sector in order to create a strategic breakthrough in national development.
For this, the sector in general, and schools in particular, need to focus on developing highly qualified and dedicated teaching staff.
They also need to introduce changes in methodology whereby knowledge is imparted alongside training in ethics, and independence and self-reliance is promoted among students.
The PM also stressed the necessity to upgrade schools and teaching facilities, and enhance management capacities at all levels.
He said the education sector has to aim at more achievements at regional and international levels.
Specialised schools like the Le Hong Phong High School must take the lead in discovering and nurturing high quality manpower in key areas like information technology, biotech and environmental technology, he said.
He exhorted the Le Hong Phong High School to take the lead in effectively exploiting modern facilities developing a high quality education model that the city and country can emulate.
He praised the efforts and achievements of students and teaching staff of the Le Hong Phong High School in the last academic year and in previous years.
The PM said students are future owners of the country and should therefore devote themselves to studying well, balancing study and practice, enhancing observance of ethical codes and actively participating in social activities, meeting the expectations of their families.
For its part, the government would spare no effort in improving the quality of education in the country. He asked the city as well as other localities to pay great attention to developing and attracting more investment into the education and training sector. — VNS