Education sector asked to remove rigid regulations

Monday, 2017-08-21 10:53:08
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Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam speaking at the online conference (Credit: VNA)
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NDO - It is crucial to remove any rigid regulations that are no longer effective and suitable with the current situation, in order to innovate education and training, particularly in state management.

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam made the statement at a national online conference, on August 21 in Hanoi, to review the 2016-2017 academic year and launch the tasks for 2017-2018.

Addressing the conference, the Deputy PM lauded the prominent activities of the education sector, particulary the universalisation of preschool education for children of 5 years old.

The education sector has developed a curriculum for students at three levels of general education, as well as succesfully completing and reforming the 2017 national high school examination, he added.

He also highlighted that university autonomy has been gradually implemented, while educational management has been improved as unnecessary activities and exams have been eliminated.

Deputy PM Dam also pointed out five inadequate issues of the sector, including the unsuitable regulations in State management and governance in universities, schools and preschools, in addition to the slow implementation of the textbook innovation programme.

He stressed that the sector has not paid significant attention to comprehensive teaching methods; the settlement of the problem of excess teachers in secondary and high schools and the lack of preschool teachers; and continuing education.

The Deputy PM called for a strong and practical enhancement of education for the people, particularly students at the general level.

In addition, the universities’ self-reliance should be implemented properly, noted Deputy PM Dam. He asked the education sector to focus on the quality of the programme on general education and the new textbook programme.

At the conference, the delegates discussed three major tasks for the 2017-2018 academic year, including the replanning of the educational institution network, particularly teacher training institutions; the preparation of conditions for the effective implementation of the new general education curriculum; and the promotion of autonomy and self-responsibility among education and training institutions.