|The decision came after the draft project triggered a wave of public opposition from lawmakers and educators alike, with many describing the US$1.7 billion project as costly and lacking direction. — Photo kinhtetrunguong
HA NOI (VNS) — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has agreed to withdraw the draft project on textbook reform from the list of items to be discussed at the upcoming general session of the National Assembly, following a suggestion by the Minister of Education and Training Pham Vu Luan.
The decision came after the draft project triggered a wave of public opposition from lawmakers and educators alike, with many describing the US$1.7 billion project as costly and lacking direction.
The PM's decision will give the Ministry more time to revise the plan and provide a clearer strategy and timeline for the project.
Earlier last month, Education Minister Luan asked to withdraw discussion of the plan from the 6th plenary session of the Committee on Culture, Education, Youth, and Children of the National Assembly. He further stated that the estimated cost was not only for expediting textbook reform, but also for teacher training, infrastructure upgrades and a nationwide roll-out of IT applications.
The project was originally planned to be carried out from October this year, with the first phase including the compilation of experimental textbooks for the first, sixth and eighth grades. Textbooks for the remaining grades would be created from 2016 to 2020. — VNS