Since last year the Vietnam Education Publishing House has been researching and compiling the textbooks and has even published some first grade textbooks to trial them, an act that has come in for some criticism in the media.
|The education ministry has assured that there will be enough textbooks based on the new school curriculum, which will be adopted next year. – VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Tung|
It said 90 per cent of the compilation work is complete and all the new textbooks would be submitted to the National Assessment Council for assessment by July.
The six other publishers, all owned by universities, have also said the textbooks would be ready soon and submitted to the National Assessment Council.
Nguyen Xuan Thanh, deputy head of the ministry’s general secondary education department, said after the assessment and final approval are done, the ministry would apprise the publishers about the printing plans to ensure the right number is printed.
It will issue a circular to educational departments in provinces and cities to help them select the appropriate textbooks from the various options the seven printers will offer.
Minister of Education and Training Phung Xuan Nha explained that the idea behind having a number of different options is to enable schools and teachers to be creative in teaching as envisaged by the programme.