Hanoi (VNA) – New high school course still assumes the role of history teachingVice Minister of Education and Training Nguyen Huu Do said, referring to the ministry’s decision to make history a optional subject in the national high school program which will take effect from the next school year.
From the 2022 – 2023 school year, in addition to seven compulsory subjects, secondary school students (grades 10 to 12) can choose to study five subjects from three subject groups, which are social science subjects ( geography, history, economics-law), natural sciences (physics, chemistry, biology) and technology and arts (technology, computing and arts).
The move has raised public concerns that fewer and fewer students will choose history once it becomes optional and the subject is in danger of “disappearing” from the curriculum of many high schools.
Responding to the concern, Deputy Minister Do said that under the new general education plan, the last three years of high schools will be the career-oriented education after the nine-year “basic education phase”, from grades one to nine.
History will remain a compulsory subject throughout the basic education stage when students will learn general knowledge about the history of the world and Vietnam from primitive to modern times, the vice minister said, stressing that all students will receive a comprehensive education of Vietnamese history in middle school. level (from 6th to 9th grade).
Professor, Dr Nguyen Minh Thuyet, editor of the new General Education Curriculum, said that since history is a compulsory subject in a student’s first nine school years, it will provide students with basic knowledge to develop their own qualities and cores. skills./.