The Government will study and absorb the opinions of the people and National Assembly deputies on the regulation that History is a compulsory subject in the high school education curriculum.
Deputy Prime Minister Le Van Thanh said the above information in the Government’s report at the opening session of the 3rd session of the 15th National Assembly, on the morning of May 23.
In a report summarizing the recommendations of voters and people sent to the meeting, Mr. Do Van Chien, Chairman of the Central Committee of the Vietnam Fatherland Front, said that there were mixed opinions about making History a subject. electives at the high school level. This “could have unintended consequences”.
Mr. Chien cited the fact that some developed countries, with cultures similar to Vietnam, such as China, Japan, and Korea, have brought back or still maintain History in the general education curriculum. Therefore, the Vietnam Fatherland Front requested the Ministry of Education and Training to carefully consider, objectively and comprehensively evaluate the general education reform program, especially making History an elective subject.
“It is necessary to innovate the way of teaching and learning to improve the quality, not to let History be an elective subject,” Chien said, and said that the Ministry of Education and Training is seriously reviewing, researching, and market demand. for the right solution.
Previously, at the plenary session on May 22, the National Assembly’s Committee on Culture and Education proposed to keep History as a compulsory subject due to concerns that high school students would not choose when this subject was included in the curriculum. elective.
The new general education program has been approved since 2018. After four years of preparation, when it was about to be implemented with grade 10, the program encountered many controversial opinions about letting History be the subject of choice.
In mid-April, the Ministry of Education and Training confirmed that the arrangement of History subject in the new curriculum still met the educational requirements of this subject for high school students. The new general education program is divided into two phases. The basic education stage (five years of primary school and four years of lower secondary school) aims to equip students with basic general knowledge. The career-oriented education phase (three years of high school) ensures students access to careers and prepares for the post-high school period.
At the lower secondary level of the basic stage, History is taught from grades 6 to 9, equipping students with core knowledge of the entire world history, Vietnamese history from primitive to ancient, medieval, modern and modern.
At the high school level – the career orientation period, History is arranged as a subject in the social complex. Topics and topics of History subject are in-depth content. Students who are not majoring in the social sciences can still choose History if they find it necessary for themselves or necessary to serve the career of their choice.
The new program also spends 20% of the time on local history, which is compiled and taught by the localities themselves.
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