Children from ethnic minority groups have enjoyed better education. (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Ethnic groups with a population of less than 5,000 each have been given a better education in the past five years, according to the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET).

The project on education development for ethnic minority groups basically completed its desired goals, Deputy Minister Nguyen Thi Nghia told a conference held in Hanoi on December 22 to review the five-year implementation of the Prime Minister’s Decision No 2123 on the project.

The capability of teachers and managers has been improved and children from the ethnic minority groups have been educated in a better environment, said Nghia.

According to statistics from the MoET, by the end of October this year, localities had built 96 classrooms, 83 teacher rooms in and provided teaching equipment for projected areas. A total of 13,655 children and students benefited from preferential policies with total assistance of over 110 billion VND (4.9 million USD).

In the schoolyear of 2014-2015, all children under five years of age have gone to schools. At the primary and secondary schools, the rates are 99.77 percent and 98.83 percent, respectively.

The rate of children from the ethnic minority groups going to schools increased. In particular, the rate of five-year-old children attending classes reached 100 percent, while those of primary and junior school students were 99.77 percent and 98.83 percent.

The rate of all children in the school age going to schools were recorded in some ethnic minority groups like Co Lao, Pu Peo, Bo Y in Ha Giang, Cong in Lai Chau, Si La in Dien Bien, Brau in Kon Tum.

Despite those encouraging results, there remain problems still needed to be addressed such as facilities of primary schools and the dropout rate in some provinces.

The conference is also an occasion for the MoET to seek solutions for the ethnic minority groups in the period from 2016-2020 and beyond.

The event drew representatives from the six provinces of Ha Giang, Lao Cai, Lai Chau and Dien Bien in the north, Nghe An in the central region and Kon Tum in the Central Highlands province which home to nine ethic groups having a population of less than 5,000 each. They are the Cong, Mang, Si La, Pu Peo, Bo Y, Co Lao, O Du, Bo Rau, and Ro Mam ethnic groups. - VNA