The above information was reported by Minister of Education and Training Nguyen Kim Son at the National Assembly’s socio-economic discussion session on the afternoon of June 1.
Minister Nguyen Kim Son said that, in 2014, the National Assembly issued Resolution No. 88 on reforming the textbook program and the policy of implementing the socialization of book compilation.
According to this Resolution, the work of compiling textbooks has been carried out according to socialization, at the same time, enterprises shall declare prices with the Ministry of Finance according to regulations before publication and issuance.
With the desire that students can buy textbooks at the lowest price, from a management and professional perspective, the Ministry of Education and Training has repeatedly directed publishers to strictly implement measures to publish books so that books can be used by students. Many times, the new books published under the 2018 general education program have fully accomplished this.
On the other hand, according to Circular 33 and Circular 05, the structure and content of textbooks must be consistent with textbook standards on publications. In the process of book appraisal, the appraisal councils ask groups of authors to adjust sections that are too long, abuse images, etc.
“Currently, the Ministry of Education and Training is directing the preparation of a circular stipulating specific criteria and standards for textbooks to regulate this in a more specific and effective way.” Minister Nguyen Kim Son said.
The Ministry has also repeatedly directed the Vietnam Education Publishing House to maximize savings and cut intermediary costs to reduce administrative costs, selling expenses as well as other costs to ensure book prices. Didactic get the lowest.
The ministry asked publishers to provide free PDF copies of the book so that students could access it from the moment the book was released.
The Minister of Education and Training added that Vietnam Education Publishing House is a state agency managed by the Ministry of Education and Training, so the Ministry of Education and Training regularly directs to strengthen the application of information technology, diversify distribution channels, and reduce costs. publishing, promoting the restructuring of the publisher in the direction of streamlining the apparatus and personnel to minimize the intermediary stages.
“One of the important and fundamental solutions, the Ministry has been proposing the Ministry of Finance to report to the Government and the National Assembly to add textbooks to the list of goods valued by the State. This was proposed by the Ministry in the official dispatch dated September 22, 2021 and has a price subsidy policy, at this time the Ministry of Education and Training continues to persist in this recommendation.”Minister Nguyen Kim Son emphasized.
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