Over 24 million students nationwide enter new academic year hinh anh 1Children at the Trung Hoa Kindergarten in Hanoi's Cau Giay district celebrate their new school year on September 5. (Photo: VNA) 

Hanoi (VNA) – More than 24 million students across the country began the 2019-2020 academic year following brief and solemn ceremonies without balloons on September 5.

Almost all educational establishments nationwide have removed the balloons from their traditions in response to the ‘say no to plastic waste’ campaign.

The ceremonies, however, went on as usual with saluting the national flag, singing the national anthem, reading the State President’s letter on the occasion, beating the drum, and a series of musical performances and sport events.

Over 24 million students nationwide enter new academic year hinh anh 2A flag salute ceremony held at the Hanoi - Amsterdam Highschool for the Gifted (Photo: VNA)

According to estimates from the Ministry of Education and Training, this new academic year welcomes over 5.5 million kindergarteners, more than 17 million primary, secondary, and high school students, as well as over 1.5 million undergraduates.  

The education sector will continue applying measures to fulfill its goals set for 2016 – 2020 and address pressing issues that have caused public concern.

Preschools are set to improve the quality and management capacity, and tackle teacher shortages. General education that consists of primary, secondary and high schools focuses on the preparations for implementing new textbooks and curriculums, and on career orientations for students. Meanwhile, tertiary education concentrates on boosting the quality of human resources to meet requirements from the labour market amid the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Prior to the nationwide back-to-school day, heavy rains and flooding inflicted damage on several schools, particularly those in the central region.

Over 24 million students nationwide enter new academic year hinh anh 3Students at a school in Ha Tinh on the nationwide back-to-school day (Photo: VNA)

A total of 173 schools in Quang Tri, where many localities have been flooded and stranded, delayed the new-academic-year celebration on September 5. The similar situation occurred at a number of schools in the mountainous areas of Ha Tinh, Nghe An, and Quang Binh provinces.-VNA