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General textbook reform project approved

Updated: 16:28’ - 21/04/2015

The Prime Minister has approved a project to reform textbooks and curriculum for schools under Decision No. 404/QD-TTg of March 27.

The project worth VND 778.8 billion will change the entire education system (grades 1-12) and focus on building practical learning skills for students and increasing the interaction between teachers and students.

Textbooks and curriculum will be elaborated and written in the direction of subject integration in lower grades and gradual division of subjects in upper grades.

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The Ministry of Information and Communications’ cadres instruct pupils of Van Lang lower secondary school in Dong Hy district, Thai Nguyen province to use e-textbooks __Photo: Lan Anh/VNA

Specifically, in lower grades, related contents will be combined at a rational level to create integrated subjects, which helps reduce content overlap and unnecessary knowledge for pupils. Meanwhile, in upper secondary grades, there will be subjects that pupils may choose to learn instead of too many compulsory subjects.

Under the project, a complete set of new textbooks will be gradually introduced in the 2018-2019 school year.

The first phrase of the project will be carried out from April 2015 to June 2016. It will focus on preparing sub-projects, forming a steering committee for curriculum and textbook reform, and training textbook writers.

The second phrase, from July 2016 to June 2018, will focus on writing and piloting at least one set of textbooks for grade 1, grade 6 and grade 10.

The third phrase, from July 2018 to October 2023, will roll out new textbooks for all grades and start applying them gradually.

Under the project, the Ministry of Education and Training will oversee the writing and publishing of one complete set of textbooks from grade 1-12 and encourage other publishers, individuals and organizations to write their own versions. But these versions must be approved by competent agencies before they are used or published.-

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