VN's sovereignty over Truong Sa & Hoang Sa to be updated in new textbooks

Vietnamese Prime Minister sent a document asking the Ministry of Education and training to review all textbooks ensuring that all pictures of the country maps must have Truong Sa and Hoang Sa archipelagoes.

The Ministry of Education and Training was also asked to work with other related agencies to increase information of the history of localities for students in senior and junior high schools. The content of Vietnam's sovereignty over Truong Sa and Hoang Sa must be added in the teaching of the history of Vietnam.

Documents of VN's sovereignty over sea and islands have been compiled and most of schools in the coastal cities and provinces including the northern provinces of Quang Ninh, Hai Phong; the central city of Da Nang the central province of Thua Thien – Hue, Khanh Hoa, Binh Thuan, and the southern province of Ba Ria – Vung Tau have trained & taught Vietnam’s geography, history, sea economy growth and fights for the island sovereignty in each locality.
Along with this, the Ministry provided documents of VN's sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa  to departments of education and training  asking to launch activities to respond to the program “Week of Vietnam’s island sovereignty”. Geography and history teachers were trained about this subjects. Extra-classes and activities were organized such as competition to understand Vietnam’s sovereignty.

Accordingly, the issues of Vietnam's sea and islands and sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa currently have been taught in schools nationwide. However, he admited that textbooks had been released from many last years therefore the latest information about VN's sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa has not been carried out.

The Ministry of Education and Training was asked to collect more opinion of teaching sea & islands sovereignty to fully add into new textbook project which the PM approved last year.

By PHAN THAO – Translated by Anh Quan

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