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.

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.

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.

Vietnamese students on the first day of the new acacemic year:

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A school in the central province of Quang Binh could not held the opening ceremony because of flood.

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Female students of the Thap Muoi High School in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap.

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National Assembly Chair Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan (centre) attends the opening ceremony at the Thap Muoi High School

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Beating the drum to open the new school year at the Thap Muoi High School.

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Students of Phan Ngoc Hien High School in the Mekong Delta City of Can Tho

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PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc attends the opening ceremony at the Son Tay High School, Hanoi this morning.

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Students of the Son Tay High School

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Performance by students of Le Ngoc Han Secondary School, Hanoi.

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At the Ha Dinh Primary School, Hanoi.

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First-grade students of the Ha Dinh Primary School

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HCM City Party Secretary Nguyen Thien Nhat at the Le Quy Don High School, HCM City this morning

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Students of the Le Quy Don High School, HCM City

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First-grade students of the Le Van Tam Primary School, HCM City

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Students of the Nguyen Huu Huan High School, Thu Duc District, HCMC

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Students of HCM City's Nguyen Huu Huan High School sign commitments to not discharge rubbish to the environment.

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At the Chu Van An Primary School, Hai Phong City.

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Students of a high school in the central city of Da Nang

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