HCM City leaders stand among 170 representatives of local children (Photo: sggp.org.vn)

HCM City (VNA) – The authorities in Ho Chi Minh City held a meeting on February 24 with more than 170 representatives of local children at the outset of the 2018 lunar year.

At the meeting, children voiced their concerns over education issues, such as unpractical textbook contents and school violence.

They said they expect to have more time for practice in the school curriculum, more smart libraries, particularly in outskirt areas, and better nutrition sources and physical training programmes.

Many of them asked the city’s leader to pay attention to special education so that every district would have at least one facility for the disabled, while others wanted life skills courses to be included on the school curriculum.

Environmental pollution also irritated the young participants, who recommended regular environmental cleaning activities and public-awareness-raising campaigns.

Taking into account the children’s comments, Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan ordered local agencies and sectors to care for child protection and education, and to create best conditions possible for the younger generation to live and study in a healthy environment.

He tasked the education sector with improving teaching and learning quality for comprehensive development of children.

Nhan said meetings like this should be replicated at different level of authorities so that children’s concerns would be heard and promptly addressed.

HCM City leaders suggested local children join hands to protect the environment, ensure traffic safety, and promote leaning spirit and reading culture. - VNA