Minister of Education and Training Phung Xuan Nha (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) - Deputies posed a range of questions
to Minister of Education and Training Phung Xuan Nha in the Q&A session at
the ongoing 10th sitting of the 14th National Assembly (NA) in Hanoi on
Answering a query on the budget to compile new
textbooks and documents and arrange training, the minister said the Government
has approved 80 million USD for the project, of which 77 million USD is official
development assistance (ODA) from the World Bank and the remainder reciprocal
The Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) has
returned to the WB 16.5 million USD in funds it will not use, he explained.
Some 12 million USD will have been mobilised by
December, and MoET has reviewed non-essential spending related to training,
particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nha affirmed that the ministry has returned 29.7
million USD to the Government and exerted every effort to cut spending from the
State budget on compiling textbooks.
Responding to another question on the slow issuance
of a guiding document on teaching general knowledge at vocational schools, he
said it is still being mulled over by relevant agencies at the ministry.
The ministry has worked with the Ministry of Labour,
Invalids, and Social Affairs (MoLISA) on the issue and a draft circular is set
to be promulgated later this year.
More time is needed, however, to avoid overlaps, he
added. In the meantime, schools are advised to follow existing regulations./.