Due to the complicated developments of the COVID-19 pandemic, most schools held a solemn but short ceremony with the direct attendance of only a limited number of students in line with epidemic prevention measures. Other students followed the ceremony in their classrooms.

Schools in areas under social distancing held online ceremonies to ensure health and safety for students.

Schools also made use of the occasion to guide students in measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

More than 260,000 students in the central city of Da Nang began a new school year with a virtual ceremony broadcast on local television as social distancing measures remain in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The programme, set up by the city’s education department and television-radio station, featured preparations for the new school year as well as the wishes of teachers, schoolchildren and their parents in the new school year.

In the first week of the 2020-2021 academic year, students in Da Nang will attend online classes while those who are unable to attend via electronic means will receive physical learning materials from their teachers.

Schools in the city are also making plans to clean and disinfect classrooms when students go back to school.

Due to the coronavirus, the Da Nang government has decided to waive tuition fees for students from nursery to high school level in the first term of the 2020-2021 academic year.

In the meantime new school year opening ceremonies took place as usual at other localities across the country but on a slimmed-down scale.

In Hanoi, Party Secretary Vuong Dinh Hue attended the ceremony at Giang Vo Secondary School where he presented the school with a painting depicting Uncle Ho helping a pupil wrap a red scarf.

Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh beat the drum to mark the new school year at Le Quy Don High School in Ho Chi Minh City while Minister of Education and Training Phung Xuan Nha visited local schools in Dan Phuong District on the outskirts of Hanoi.

According to projects of the Ministry of Education and Training, in the 2020-2021 schooyear, there will be more than 5.38 million children attending kindergartens, 8.7 million students at elementary schools, over 6 million at lower junior high schools and over 2.8 million at senior high schools in the country. 

Party leader encourages teachers and students ahead of new academic year

Party General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong has praised the nation's efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic while sustaining teaching and studying in schools nationwide.

He noted that the pandemic situation might be complex in this academic year so schools needed to do both tasks effectively and safely.

In a letter sent to teachers and students nationwide on Friday ahead of the beginning of the new school year (September 5), Trọng mentioned the semester of the previous school year when students were forced to study at home due to the closure of schools earlier in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

That was the time when the education sector had to make efforts to implement measures to complete the school year and hold the high school graduation exam.

In the 2020-2021 school year, Trọng asked the education sector to thoroughly implement the Party and State's guidelines and policies on education and training.

The sector needed to focus on gathering resources to improve the quality of education, especially the training of high-quality human resources to meet the requirements of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

He sent his best wishes to teachers and students, and expressed his hope that educators, teachers and students would have enthusiasm and creativity in teaching and studying.

Let's take a look at the opening ceremony of new school-year at schools throughout the country:

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Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee Vuong Dinh Hue beats the drum to open the new school year at Giang Vo Secondary School, Hanoi. Photo: Le Anh Dung

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Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh opens the new school year at Le Quy Don High School in HCMC. Photo: Truong Thanh Tung

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Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung attends the opening ceremony at Vinh Phuc High School for the Gifted, Vinh Phuc Province

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The Minister of Education and Training beats the drum to open the new school year at Dan Phuong Primary School, Hanoi. Photo: Education & Times Newspaper

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Body temperature check for students before the opening ceremony at Archimedes Secondary School, Hanoi.

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Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the opening ceremony of the 2020-2021 school year at Nguyen Sieu School, Hanoi is held directly and online.

 

At Tran Phu High School in Hanoi, only 50% of students gathered at the school yard to attend the opening ceremony directly, the rest stayed in the classroom and watched the ceremony through the screen.

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First-grade students attend the opening ceremony at Khuong Thuong Primary School, Hanoi. Photo: Thuy Nga

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First-grade students at the opening ceremony of Trung Trac Primary School (Hanoi). Photo: Mai Huong

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Students perform hand antiseptic movements at the opening ceremony of Giang Vo Secondary School, Hanoi.

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Students of Giang Vo Secondary School, Hanoi salute the flag at the opening ceremony

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A first-grade student at Khuong Thuong Primary School, Hanoi. Photo: Thuy Nga

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Students waiting for the opening ceremony at Le Quy Don High School (District 3, HCMC). Photo: Thanh Tung

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Flag saluting ceremony at Tran Quang Khai Primary School, HCM City

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A school in Da Nang, the country's Covid-19 epicenter, on the school opening day.

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Students and teachers of Nam Nhu Primary School, Dien Bien after the 17-August flashflood. 

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At Bac Ly 2 Primary School, Nghe An province

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Students of No Trang Long Ethnic Minority School (Buon Ma Thuot City, Dak Lak) attend the opening ceremony

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 Students of a primary school in the northern port city of Hai Phong.

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Nearly 250 students attend the opening ceremony at Ha Tinh Boarding Secondary School  Photo: Thien Luong

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