Minister: Time for Vietnam’s education to take off
Minister of Education and Training Phung Xuan Nha told the press on the sidelines of the 13th National Party Congress that Vietnam’s education has the opportunity to take off in the time to come.
Minister of Education and Training Phung Xuan Nha
He said in the 2021-2026 period, science and technology will play an important role in intellectuals’ innovation and in the building of the digital economy and digital society. Once going the right way, people will raise their awareness and take the initiative in grabbing opportunities.
The next period is the time for Vietnam’s education to take off as there is clear direction, the support of information technology and digital transformation, as well as the strong determination of the entire educational sector.
He mentioned the concern about the lack of teachers of English and informatics for third graders when applying the new general education program.
“If we think the traditional way, the shortage will occur. However, if we apply information technology, organize online teaching and use lesson plans from digital resources, we won’t need too many teachers as in traditional teaching,” he said.
With online teaching, students in remote and difficult areas will also be able to approach the original versions of lessons.
When following traditional teaching, schools have to have laboratories, machines and tools. But nowadays, with virtual simulated laboratories, teachers and students can carry out experiments.
Nha believes that with the application of information technology and digital transformation, digital resources will be shared, which will improve education quality.
“I believe that the quality of the country’s human resources will be different. We will make every effort to make Vietnam one of the leading countries in digital transformation in education,” Nha said.
“I trust the Vietnamese youth. They are good at mathematics, enthusiastic in technology and quick in innovation,” he commented.
Talking to reporters, Nha put emphasis on higher education. “This is the segment that needs reshuffling,” he said.
In current conditions, the strong development of science and technology gives a great opportunity to develop Vietnam’s tertiary education.
“We encourage good higher education establishments and good disciplines to cooperate with partners to organize joint training programs in accordance with international curriculums,” Nha said.
Currently, the Ministry of Education and Training is strictly supervising training curriculums. All curriculums must satisfy minimum outcome standards.
“Schools nowadays enjoy autonomy in opening training majors and announcing outcome standards. However, the standards must be examined and made public,” Nha said.
He went on to say that one of the focuses of the educational sector for 2021 and the next five years is digital transformation. As for tertiary education, going digitized builds digital resources and combines training in in-person and online classes. MOET also is paying attention to applying information technology to make quality assurance conditions transparent.
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