Huge step forward for education and training ministry
The new educational programme's curriculum will have eight educational fields, which are language and literature, mathematics, morals and citizen education and physical education, as well as art, social science, natural science and technology and IT.
The education and training ministry (MoET) introduced a draft of the overall general education programme to collect feedback from experts and the public.
According to the draft, the 12-year programme will have two phases of basic education (five years of primary school and four years of secondary school) and vocational orientation (three years of high school).
The programme's curriculum has eight educational fields, which are language and literature, mathematics, morals and citizen education and physical education, as well as art, social science, natural science and technology and IT.
Several new subjects will be developed from traditional subjects, while some current subjects will be renamed in accordance with educational content, nature and significance.
The draft said compulsory subjects would be reduced to seven or eight for primary and secondary students, and to four for high school students, instead of the 13 in the current general education programme.
Students may choose from other optional subjects, such as foreign language, ethnic and minority language, science and technology research, and technique or technology, as well as IT, music and sports.
During the two-phase programme, students may change optional subjects following their vocational orientation. However, they have to complete the minimum number of educational subjects as per the programme's regulations, Deputy Minister Nguyen Vinh Hien said.
Based on the programme's content and targets, schools are permitted to develop or request to develop their flexible education plans in accordance with the condition and situation of the localities, Hien said.
He said the new programme was based on the results of educational research and the lessons learned from the implementation of the current education programme.
The Giong Ong To Secondary School rector Ha Huu Thach in District 2, HCM City, said the new programme was a huge step forward for the education and training ministry, in its efforts to reform the general education programme.
The new programme would help reduce the load on students by minimising compulsory subjects, Thach said.
After it is promulgated and during its implementation, the new programme will be reviewed and revised annually, based on actual results and feedback from teachers, education managers, experts and the people.