Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has spoken highly of the efforts made by ethnic minority students who achieved outstanding results on national exams and received high marks at school.

At a ceremony to commend the students’ achievements in Hanoi on November 16, the Deputy PM also recognised the education and training sector’s contributions to educating ethnic minority students.

Education work in mountainous regions in recent years has focused not only on quality improvement but also the cultivation of talented ethic students, thus encouraging them to overcome difficulties and achieve high academic results, Phuc said.

Acknowledging education development as a key national policy, the Party and State always pay special attention to ensuring protection, education and care for children, he noted.

As a result, the education and training sector has done well to improve intellectual capabilities, job skills and confidence, contributing to the country’s socio-economic development and poverty reduction, the deputy PM added.

He also spoke highly of the Government’s Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs, the Ministry of Education and Training and the Vietnam News Agency for jointly organising the ceremony and presenting scholarships to the students.

According to Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs Nong Quoc Tuan, in the 2012-2013 academic year 105 ethnic minority students achieved outstanding results in the national exams for gifted students.

Their accomplishments are a good sign for human resources development in the ethnic regions, he said.

The committee will work closely with ministries, branches and social organisations to prioritise investment in the mountainous regions and mobilise all sectors to invest in education activities in ethnic minority areas to narrow the gaps between the mountainous and the lowland areas, he added.

A day earlier, President Truong Tan Sang praised the students’ accomplishments in overcoming difficulties while meeting them in Hanoi .
The president said he hopes the students continue to study hard to make tangible contributions to the development of their communities and the nation as a whole.-VNA