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HCM City (VNA) – Over 1 million primary, secondary and high school students in Ho Chi Minh City started their new academic year of 2016-2017 on August 15.

Kindergarten children will start going to school in September 5, the official and traditional school-starting day of all school levels.

According to the municipal Department of Education and Training, students will spend at least one week in activities on class organising and school introducing.

Tran Van Kieu, Vice Principal of Binh Chanh Primary School, pupils from grade 2 to grade 5 will review their knowledge learnt in the previous academic year, and will get themselves ready for the new curriculum on August 22.

In the 2016-2017 academic year, the department will apply a number of measures to improve education quality and ease overload for students, including the building of a new textbook collection based on the Ministry of Education and Training’s guidelines.

Meanwhile, the department will allow schools to decide their adjustments to duration of subjects, build of their own integrated teaching programmes, diversify examinations and testing systems to suit their conditions.

Nguyen Thi Xuan Thao, a history teacher at Nguyen Van Troi secondary school in Go Vap district, suggested that the teaching method of the subject should be renovated to draw students’ interest and ease pressure for both teachers and students.-VNA