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HCM City strives for “smart” schools

Update: December, 23/2019 - 09:34


Students at Lê Quý Đôn Secondary School use a 3D printer and scanner and other devices in a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Maths) classroom. — Photo

HCM CITY — The HCM City educational sector plans to enhance the application of IT in management, teaching, testing, and student assessment, according to Lê Thanh Liêm, vice chairman of the city People’s Committee.

Speaking at a recent conference on smart education, Liêm said the Department of Education and Training had set up IT application architecture and a shared database for the entire educational sector.

Liêm said the city wanted to develop a smart city with human resources who can take advantage of scientific and technological advances.

A smart city will require people with the necessary skills and knowledge to adapt to a new working environment in the 4.0 industry era, Liêm said, adding that teaching methodologies must also be reformed.

Liêm said that schools and universities in the city were carrying out many pilot smart education models which have had positive achievements.

In the 2019-20 academic year, the city is piloting a project called a Smart School at five high schools - Nguyễn Du; Lê Quý Đôn; Thượng Hiền; and Trần Đại Nghĩa and Lê Hồng Phong Schools for the Gifted.

Trương Thị Lệ Hà, vice rector of Lê Hồng Phong School for the Gifted in District 5, said the school has classrooms equipped with advanced technologies which aid teaching and learning. Artificial intelligence also has been taught widely in the school, Hà said.

Although Lê Quý Đôn Secondary School in District 3 was not chosen to pilot a Smart School project, it has invested in building advanced STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Maths) practice classrooms with 3D printers and scanners and other modern devices.

The classroom helped the school win 2019 I-Star Awards from the HCM City Department of Science and Technology. Students use the room to make robots or other items.

Many school managers said they were seriously considering STEM application, an approach to learning and development that integrates science, technology, engineering and mathematics. However, the STEM approach has not yet been used widely in the city because of the high cost of implementation, they said.

Lê Hồng Sơn, head of the Department of Education and Training, said the city had seen a high growth of students year-by-year, which has affected educational quality and created barriers to implementing advanced teaching models.  

Funds for developing infrastructure for schools to develop smart education are limited, according to Sơn.

According to the department, the city has 2,283 kindergartens, primary, secondary and high schools, and continuing education centres.

There are 54 universities, 52 colleges, 64 vocational training centres and 82 professional education centres in the city.

The total number of students is more than 2 million. There are 100,000 teachers, lecturers and scientists in the city's education sector. — VNS


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