Education sector finds solutions to improve history teaching, learning quality

Because among nine subjects in the National High School Examination this year, History remained the subject with lowest average score with more than 70 percent getting scores under five, Education and Training Minister Phung Xuan Nha presided at a meeting to come up with solutions to improve teaching and learning quality of the subject in senior high schools.

Students of Junior High School Tran van On in district 1 learn history by visiting museum (Photo: SGGP)

Students of Junior High School Tran van On in district 1 learn history by visiting museum (Photo: SGGP)

The most common score was 4.3.
According to teacher Le Thu Huyen from Senior High School Son Tay in Hanoi, there has been different teacher quality in various areas and school managers have taken no heed to the subject. In reality, schools often spend on labs or teaching software for other subjects excluding history.
Meantime, teacher Hoang Thi Lan Huong, leader of History teaching group of Chu Van An school, explained that students no more get interested in learning history. Therefore, there should be a change in curriculum, teaching methods and testing ways.
Being a well-known history researcher, Professor Vu Minh Giang said teachers have taught the subject in rigid way and forced schoolers to learn by heart so much.
According to him, teachers should deliver speeches of history by variously vivid ways. He proposed those who are responsible for compiling new textbook should write less but let schoolers to find out it by themselves.
Chief of new textbook compile group Professor Pham Hong Tung suggested changes including adding history as a subject in job options as well as intensification of IT application for design teaching lessons.
Minister Nha said the fact that more students have chosen history as a subjects in the national graduation exam has shown students pay more attention to the subject. The sector generally and schools particularly should eliminate discrimination between subjects.
Changes in teaching and learning history is inevitable, said Mr. Nha. The Ministry of Education and Training will introduce valuation index to adjust school managers’ conception of subjects.
The Ministry will have solution in a bid to raise history teaching and learning quality in each locality to have better results in the next national examination, he emphasized.

By PHAN THAO - Translated by ANH QUAN

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