return icon

Minister appears before NA to explain new textbooks for first graders

The Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) has examined and approved 46 textbooks of five sets of textbooks belonging to three publishing houses.

The new general education program has been applied since the 2020-2021 academic year. First graders now use new textbooks.




MOET Minister Phung Xuan Nha explains textbooks for first graders



The textbooks have caused a furor among the public. Many parents and teachers have expressed their concern about the quality of textbooks and asked for reconsideration because of inappropriate content.

MOET Minister Phung Xuan Nha said the ministry has found that ‘Tieng Viet Lop 1’ (Vietnamese language for first graders) of the Canh Dieu (Kite) set of textbooks has some unreasonable content.

“We have requested the appraisal council, the authors and publishing house to listen to the comments. They are amending the content to make it suitable to first graders,” Nha said.

The Minister went on to say that textbooks will be regularly edited and amended to fit the practice, and the work won't end when textbooks are published. MOET, collecting opinions from parents and educators, has also requested to review other textbooks as well.

“We are all ears listening to National Assembly’s Deputies, people and teachers’ opinions and reviewing textbooks to make them better,” he said.

The reform of the general education program and textbooks will be implemented in a 5-year plan per a National Assembly resolution. This is the first year of implementation which deals with a large workforce, so shortcomings are unavoidable.

Replying to complaints from some National Assembly’s deputies that students are forced to buy books, Nha affirmed that textbooks are official and compulsory learning materials, while reference books are not compulsory at school.

“Reference books are produced by publishing houses, and directors of the houses are responsible before management agencies for the quality of the publications,” he said.

Regarding the complaint that the prices of new textbooks are twice that of old textbooks, Nha said the new textbooks are compiled in accordance with the new general education program with improved quality, higher number of pages, and better materials, so the production costs are higher.

Since new textbooks are compiled and published with no subsidy from the state, they cannot be as cheap as old textbooks. MOET has drawn up a plan to reduce the prices which has been approved by the Ministry of Finance (MOF).

MOET and MOF have asked the government to seek permission from the National Assembly Standing Committee to add textbooks to the list of products for price stabilization.

Dang Thi Phuong Thao, a National Assembly’s Deputy from Nam Dinh asked the government to suspend the implementation and urgently review the textbooks.

Meanwhile, Bui Van Phuong from Ninh Binh said the errors in the textbooks are not serious and they can be amended in the next editions. 

Le Huyen

Lawmakers raise concerns over quality of controversial textbooks, demanded accountability

Lawmakers raise concerns over quality of controversial textbooks, demanded accountability

Many National Assembly (NA) deputies raised concerns over the quality of the first-grade textbook set and demanded accountability for the issue in the plenary session on socio-economic issues on Wednesday in Hanoi.

More textbooks for first graders face criticism

More textbooks for first graders face criticism

Some reading practice texts in the Canh Dieu (Kite) textbook on the Vietnamese language have been described as ‘fabricated’ and ‘teaching children laziness and playing tricks’.


Co la, the food tray that demonstrates Muong ethnic culture in Hoa Binh

For Muong ethnic people, especially those living in Hoa Binh Province, cỗ lá (literally means a food tray displaying several dishes) is more than just a popular food.

Experts call for Hanoi to become a 'creative city'

Cultural industry development is a new issue, and Hanoi does not have much experience promoting its potential advantages.

Apple jumps to second highest seller of smartphones in Vietnam for first time

iPhone accounted for 20.5 percent of market share in Vietnam in October 2022, according to GfK.

Credit concerns affecting Vietnamese stocks should ease soon: VinaCapital

The demand for new housing units in Vietnam is still strong and prices are still affordable, and so the prices of real estate stocks are likely to recover if and when the Government takes action to ease credit conditions.

Fuel prices soar, EVN faces huge losses

Due to the global rise of coal, oil and gas prices, EVN’s electricity production costs and purchase costs have increased sharply. The group may incur losses of up to VND64.8 trillion in 2022.

Banks gain big profits from forex trading

Most banks reported strong profit growth from the foreign exchange business in the first three quarters of this year thanks to the sharp appreciation of the US dollar, Q3 2022 financial statements showed.

National Sports Games to take part in December

The 2022 National Sports Games (NSG) will be held in Quang Ninh Province from December 9-21.

Vietnam lures over $25 billion in foreign investment in 11 months

Despite a decline of 18 per cent in newly registered capital to $11.5 billion, foreign capital disbursement saw a positive increase of 15 per cent to reach $19.68 billion in the January - November period.

India - new market for VN tourism

According to the World Tourism Organization, Indians spent $22.9 billion traveling abroad in 2019 and the figure was estimated to reach $42 billion by 2024, $45 billion by 2025 and about $91 billion by 2030.

Without career guidance, students drop out in first, second academic years

Without appropriate career guidance when choosing a major in a university, many students have studied the wrong majors so and dropped out after the first year because they chose an unsuitable study program.

Three factors keep Vietnam’s economy humming along

Infrastructure investment, trade environment and competitive wages are three factors that keep Vietnam’s economy humming along and its growth numbers positive, according to an article published on the

Hanoi Tourism Ao Dai Festival 2022 underway next week

The Hanoi Ao Dai Festival 2022 will take place around Hoan Kiem Lake pedestrian street from December 2-4.

Minister of Transport issues warning to managers of delayed projects

If transport projects do not proceed on schedule, managers need to prepare to resign, Transport Minister Nguyen Van Thang has said.

Vietnam promoting zero-emission economy

The Vietnamese Government is prioritizing climate change responses, green economy, sustainable development in its action programs. Therefore, businesses are advised to adapt to these concepts for their own growth.

VN businesses promote int’l fundraising amid domestic tightened policy

Many Vietnamese businesses have boosted foreign fundraising to cope with their capital shortage amid the country's tightened monetary policy.