Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has stressed the urgent need to carry out comprehensive reform in education and training to meet the requirements of industrialisation and modernisation and international integration.

While chairing the second day of the monthly cabinet meeting in Hanoi on July 31, which discussed the draft plan on educational and training reform, PM Dung asked the plan’s drafting board to continue adjusting contents, especially those related to targets, tasks and measures for the reform.

He also urged the cabinet’s members to contribute opinions in writing to the plan. The drafting board was requested to collect opinions and report them to the Government’s Party committee for further debating before submitting to the Party Central Committee for approval.

At the meeting, participants gave their opinions on key contents of the plan, such as raising efficiency of investment for education development; new methods and forms of tests and examinations to evaluate the quality of education, developing the national education and training system along the direction of life-long learning and a learning society.

The discussion also focused on financial policies and mechanisms for the sector and public contribution to education development.

Cabinet members asserted that along with improving quality of tertiary education, it is necessary to train a skilled labour force, thus correcting the imbalanced in the structure of training, improving quality and efficiency of science research.

With five parts and 7 addendums, the draft plan aims to create fundamental changes in educational quality and efficiency and overcome shortcomings in the field, serving as the main driving force of sustainable development in the country.-VNA