The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide 90 million USD to help Vietnam strengthen teaching skills and courses in biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, and social sciences.

The bank said in a news release on November 2 that the Second Upper Secondary Education Development Project focuses on improving teaching standards by introducing international standards, new training methods and providing new training materials; upgrading curricula, including investing in textbooks; and providing targeted support for students who are struggling academically.

Eiko Izawa, senior education specialist in the Southeast Asia Department at ADB said this project will help prepare young people for the job market, with a special focus on increasing opportunities for women and girls, people with special needs, and students coming from poor households.

The ADB will also invest in improving laboratory equipment and teaching aids for physics, chemistry and biology, and developing classrooms and materials for students with disabilities. Targeted assistance for ethnic minority students will be provided. Opportunities will be created for teachers to receive training abroad.

The project will run for about seven years, with an expected completion date of December 2019.-VNA