Ministry to lighten load of school curriculum
Augurst 24th, 2011
The Ministry of Education and Training has reduced some of the contents in curriculum at primary and high schools, despite concerns from some teachers and school management boards over the move.
The curriculum has been streamlined in several ways, including reduction of skills and knowledge that are taught repeatedly in different subjects and at different grades.
The move also aims to lessen the number of difficult questions and exercises and adjust skills and topics that are taught to ensure they are suitable for local cities and provinces. For example, schools in cities would teach students techniques to grow ornamental plants while those in provinces would teach students afforestation. The sequencing of lessons has also been rearranged.
"The reduction is hoped to lessen the heavy study burden shouldered by students," said Deputy Minister of Education and Training Nguyen Vinh Hien. "It also helps teachers and students have more time to specialise in necessary knowledge."
But some teachers are concerned the new curriculum now omits several interesting topics.