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The Ministry of Education and Training considers the plan of teaching History subject

Participating in the meeting were members of the General Education Program Development Board 2018; member of the General Education Program Appraisal Council and the History Program Appraisal Council in the 2018 general education curriculum.

At the meeting, the representative of the Ministry of Education and Training listened to the exchange of ideas on the implementation of the 2018 general education program. In particular, in particular, exchanged and listened to in-depth analysis opinions on how to organization and teaching of History.

Concluding the meeting, Minister Nguyen Kim Son emphasized: Experts all affirmed that the 2018 General Education Program was built in accordance with the direction of the Party, the National Assembly and the Government; elaborate, scientific, in line with international practices.

As for teaching History subject at high school level, on the basis of opinions of experts, the Ministry of Education and Training will consider options in the near future and consult competent authorities.

Voters care

The issue of History becoming an elective subject in the new high school curriculum is also a topic of interest and debate in many forums and conferences across the country in recent days.

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At the meeting with voters in District 12 of the Ho Chi Minh City National Assembly Delegation, Unit 4, voter Nguyen Ngoc Phuong, Thanh Loc ward, said that this is not suitable with the actual conditions in our country, but should be taken up. History is a compulsory subject.

According to voter Phuong, if students don’t learn about history, they won’t understand all of Vietnam’s history. Meanwhile, to protect the national independence, students must understand the history of the country.

“In fact, many young people when asked about Chinese history sometimes remember it very clearly, because they watch a lot of movies, but when they ask about Vietnamese history, they don’t know it,” – voter Phuong acknowledged. He said that if History were to be an elective subject, many students would not choose… Therefore, he suggested that the National Assembly deputies should consult with the National Assembly on this issue.

At the meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on May 11, Chairman of the National Assembly’s Committee for Culture, Education, Youth and Children Nguyen Dac Vinh said that after being assigned by the National Assembly, the Committee had research and organize seminars with experts and representatives of a number of agencies on this issue.

Accordingly, preliminary opinions of experts found that in terms of necessity, history subject should be considered as a particular subject, a particularly important subject and in the direction of being a compulsory subject. At the same time, it is technically solvable, no matter how difficult it is.

Previously, at the 12th online conference on May 8 to give comments on the draft report summarizing opinions and recommendations of voters and the people to send to the 3rd session, the XV National Assembly, The Presi- unpredictable consequences. While, some developed countries with similar cultures to Vietnam (China, Japan, Korea) have brought back or still maintain the calendar subject in the general education curriculum.

Therefore, the Central Committee of the Vietnam Fatherland Front proposed the Ministry of Education and Training to carefully consider, objectively and comprehensively evaluate the inclusion of History as an elective subject at the high school level. The Presidium of the Central Committee of the Vietnam Fatherland Front proposed that History should be an official subject. The problem is how to teach and learn to improve quality, not let history be an elective subject.

Thanh Hung

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