return icon

VN Education Ministry plans to streamline curriculum amid long school closure

The curriculum will be streamlined in the second semester of the 2019-20 school year but will ensure students received fundamental knowledge.

Ministry plans to streamline curriculum amid long school closure hinh anh 1

A secondary school student in the northern province of Ninh Binh connects to her teachers and classmates through an online learning platform 



This is one of the measures taken by the Ministry of Education and Training amid the long school closure due to COVID-19.

Students at most universities; pupils at high, secondary and primary schools; and children at kindergarten nationwide have been off school for almost eight weeks.

Due to the continuing threat of COVID-19, the exact date schools can reopen has not yet been decided.

The second semester of the 2019-2020 school year started in January and normally ends in May.

Due to the long school closure, the school year will finish no later than July 15, according to a new plan by the education ministry.

According to Deputy Minister of Education and Training Nguyen Huu Do, the ministry will review and streamline the school curriculum to shorten learning time when students are back at school.

The streamlining will ensure that students are equipped with knowledge and develop their capacity to be able to meet criteria. The streamlining plan will be approved by the ministry, not by single schools, he said.

The ministry has also planned to strengthen online teaching and lessons on TV.

Localities and educational facilities must follow the ministry’s instructions to offer online training based on the streamlined curriculum.

The ministry also ordered verifying content of lessons to broadcast them on channels of the Vietnam Television.

The Ministry of Education and Training will work with the Ministry of Information and Communications to offer free technological platforms for online teaching, Do said.

The school closure has interrupted learning of 12th graders who will sit for the national high school exam.

The ministry has set the exam date between August 8 and 11 instead of July.

To help 12th graders make the best preparations for the exam, the ministry will publish sample tests.

Do said the ministry would hold a meeting this week with local education departments to discuss these plans.

“The ministry always puts the safety and benefits of students, teachers and school staff as a top priority. Therefore, the school, students and parents should not be worried and actively co-ordinate with the education sector to fight against the pandemic and at the same time ensure learning and teaching quality in spite of the school closure,” he said.

HCM City instructs primary schools to teach online until pandemic subsides


A primary school student in HCM City learns English lessons online from a foreign languages centre.



The HCM City Department of Education and Training has instructed all primary schools to teach their students online on their website as schools continue to remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

First, second and third graders will learn maths and Vietnamese online while fourth and fifth graders will also learn science, history and geography in addition, according to the department.

The principals will decide the frequency of classes based on their students’ capacity and the facilities available.

Video recordings of what teachers teach and the exercises they give will be posted on the school website every week.

Schools without a website are required to send videos and exercises via email or phone messages to students’ parents.

Several middle schools such as Minh Đức School in District 1 are already teaching online after training its teachers in online lessons last month.

When the city People’s Committee decided that all students would remain at home until April 5, the school’s leaders decided that all teachers would teach online from March 16.

The teachers could stay at home for this or go to the school.

Trần Thúy An, principal of the school, told Tuổi Trẻ (Youth) newspaper that initially it was chaotic with students talking with each other, leading to too much noise.

But things have settled down since and are going smoothly, she said.

Many parents were unhappy because they did not want their children to use a computer when they were not near them since they had to go for work, she said.

But more than 50 per cent of the children were learning online, she added.

Teachers at other schools said the large number of students in each class (usually 45-50) precluded teaching online.

The department has also instructed foreign language centres that work with schools to teach English to set up online lessons.

On March 19 the department had instructed foreign language and computer centres to stop organising contests and called on district authorities to monitor them.

The Trade Union of the education sector will provide an allowance of VNĐ1.2 million (US$51) to teachers who are pregnant, have children less than a year old, sick, or have decreased incomes due to the pandemic.

It is also organising a programme to sell food and essential items at low prices.

It is collaborating with financial organisations to provide loans at low interest rates to teachers and private schools to enable them to pay salaries to their teachers./. VNA/VNS/VNN

Foreign teachers at language schools lose jobs amid COVID-19 crisis

Foreign teachers at language schools lose jobs amid COVID-19 crisis

Because of the epidemic, many international examinations have been postponed, and all foreign language centers have closed.

Shorter summer holiday for schools, more official national holidays proposed

Shorter summer holiday for schools, more official national holidays proposed

Some educators and experts have suggested shortening the summer holiday and designing more holidays within a year.


Anh Vien: From champion swimmer to inspirational swimming coach

Now, in a new role akin to a swimming ambassador, Anh Vien is eager to share her knowledge and expertise with children, teenagers, adults, and even older individuals, introducing them to the joy of swimming and fostering a love for the sport.

International arrivals in Vietnam surge over 12-fold year on year

Vietnam has welcomed nearly 4.6 million international arrivals in the first five months of 2023, soaring 12.6-fold from the same period last year, the General Statistics Office (GSO) said on May 29.

Vietnam NASA Space Week takes shape on the horizon

The first-ever Vietnam NASA Space Week will be held in Ho Chi Minh City and Hau Giang and Binh Dinh provinces in the South from June 5-9, heard a press conference on May 29.

CAAV proposes 2-month pilot of eID accounts for air passengers

The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) will pilot the use of level 2 electronic identification (eID) authentication for air passengers at airports nationwide from June 1 to August 1.

Soldiers and sailors ready for any medical emergency at sea

In the Truong Sa islands, where there is a turbulent sea, the medical team has been a reliable support for the local fishermen, officials, and soldiers on the islands for many years.

Over 77,000 computers in Vietnam suffer data encryption in 7 months: Bkav

More than 77,000 computers in Vietnam have suffered data encryption since December 2022, according to Bkav – a leading Vietnamese technology corporation that specialises in cyber security and software.

Vietnamese airlines to launch more international air routes

Vietnamese airlines have announced plans to open more international air routes this summer.

Bringing back international travelers

Vietnam needs an effective short-term marketing campaign to attract international tourists from key source markets, especially those with untapped potential.

Agro-forestry-aquatic product exports drop 11% in five months

Agro-forestry-aquatic product exports were estimated at 20.26 billion USD in the first five months of 2023, down 11.1% year on year, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD).

Biting the bullet

Flagging demand has compelled manufacturers to reduce their production and workforce.

Colorful paper masks in Hoi An

In the central city of Hoi An is a house on Bach Dang Street that is home to hundreds of colorful paper masks made by artist Bui Quy Phong, who has devoted his whole life to these masks.

Pu Luong – A hidden gem of northwest region

Nestled in the middle of mountains, Pu Luong Valley attracts tourists with its cool mountainous atmosphere, peaceful scenery and magnificent terraced fields.

Vietnamese students win prize at Huawei ICT Competition 2022-2023

A team of Vietnamese students won the third prize in the Cloud Track category of the Huawei ICT Competition 2022-2023 Global Final held in China’s Shenzhen city, the Ministry of Information and Communications announced on May 29.

VND230 trillion mobilized for Covid-19 combat in 2020-2022

More than VND230 trillion, or roughly US$10 billion, was mobilized to directly serve the Covid-19 prevention and control effort between 2020 and 2022, according to a report by a National Assembly (NA) supervisory delegation.

Achilles heel in tourism

Vietnam’s tourism industry has made only meager strides in diversifying its products despite years of growth.