Localities that practice social distancing must put the health and safety of students and teachers above all else, and depending on local circumstances can hold opening ceremonies for the new school year online.
With only two and a half weeks to go before the new school year begins on September 5, the COVID-19 situation remains complex, said Nguyen Xuan Thanh, Director of the Secondary Education Department at the Ministry of Education and Training.
Thanh said that the ministry has prepared for different COVID-19 scenarios.
When health and safety can’t be guaranteed, opening ceremonies should be held online but a message should be conveyed that studies definitely continue.
The Ministry of Education and Training will request schools boost the application of IT in teaching and learning to cope with developments, he noted, adding that distance learning via the internet and TV earlier this year had been carried out methodically and in line with the curriculum.
Nguyen Xuan Thanh, Director of the Secondary Education Department at the Ministry of Education and Training
Given developments, the ministry is now working to streamline curricula, Thanh said.
According to Ministry of Education and Training's regulations, starting from the 2020-2021 academic year, students at pre-education and general education establishments will be back to school on September 1 at the earliest, with opening ceremonies to be organised on September 5.
The first semester will finish before January 16 and the second before May 25. The school year is to wrap up before May 31.
New school year in HCM City to start in early September
HCM City will organise an opening ceremony for the new school year in early September, according to the city People’s Committee.
Kindergartens will hold the ceremony on September 5 and school will begin on the same day. Primary to high schools and continuing education centres will organise the ceremony on September 1, with students beginning classes on September 5. The school year will end in May.
There will be 1.74 million students this school year, an estimated increase of nearly 54,000 students, according to the city Department of Education and Training.
Secondary schools saw the highest increase, with an additional 28,000, mostly in districts 9, 12, Go Vap, Thu Duc, Binh Tan, Binh Chanh, Hoc Mon and Cu Chi. These districts are in the process of urbanisation, and more people have been moving there from other provinces and cities.
The number of children in kindergartens will increase by more than 3,000; at primary schools, 9,000; and at high schools, 14,000.
Many districts are facing pressure to ensure a sufficient number of classrooms.
In the 2020-2021 year, 1,142 new classrooms in HCM City are expected to be put into use on September 5, increasing the total to 47,438.
Another 229 new classrooms will be put into use from September 5 to the year end.
The new classrooms will help ensure that all children have access to school. The city goal is to have 300 classrooms per 10,000 school-age people aged 3 to 18. The ratio in 2019 was 288 classrooms per 10,000.
The increase in the number of students this year, however, will lead to 40-50 students in each classroom and force district educational divisions to recruit more teachers and other staff.
They need to recruit 6,859 staff for public schools, including 3,462 for primary schools, 2,062 for secondary schools, and more than 500 for high schools.
The recruitment will be carried out this month before the new school year starts in September. However, Tan Bình and Nha Be districts have finished recruitment.
The 2020-2021 school year is the first year in which principals of high schools will take part in the department’s recruitment council. The department does not require candidates to have official residential status in the city.
The department has asked the city People’s Committee not to increase school fees for the 2020-2021 academic year.
Da Nang waives first semester school fees
Students at public schools in Danang City will not have to pay tuition fees for the first four months of the first semester of the 2020-2021 school year to ease the burden posed by Covid-19.
Danang Department of Education and Training said on August 18 that students in public nursery, secondary and high schools will be exempted from paying tuition fees in accordance with the decision of the city people's council.
Primary schoolers have already been exempted from paying tuition.
Students in the nursery, primary, secondary and high schools in the private system will be given financial support that is an equivalent of the public school's tuition fee from September to December.
Students in foreign-invested schools are not supported.
The department also asked public schools who have already collected tuition for the first four months of the school year to return the money. VNS/Dtinews
Some private schools have complained that it will be a ‘disaster’ if they cannot begin teaching before the new academic year opening day on September 5.
Many universities have changed enrollment methods, including higher enrollment quotas that will be based on students' high school records.