An elementary school student studies online in Hanoi in September 2021. Photo by VnExpress / Thanh Hang
About 1.5 million students in 26 localities do not have sufficient facilities for online classes amid social distancing measures, the education ministry has revealed.
Education and Training Minister Nguyen Kim Son said on Sunday that about 7.35 million students are studying online in 26 localities with social distancing orders. About 20% do not have the necessary equipment to do so, while courses delivered through television have also encountered challenges regarding the equipment and signals, he said.
Those numbers have not yet taken into account localities where in-person classes are available, but could move to online equivalents if the pandemic evolves, he said, stressing the dangers of inequality in the world. education.
“Inequality in education can become a bigger problem, no longer just a matter of education and training,” Son said.
A program calling on citizens and businesses to support students, especially those in areas affected by the coronavirus and those who lack the resources to study online, was launched in a ceremony on Sunday by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Information and Communication. The program is expected to minimize the negative impacts of the pandemic on the field of education and alleviate learning difficulties for students, Son said.
During the ceremony, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh said that the reopening of schools is of great interest, but the safety of students must be the priority.
Nguyen Manh Hung, the Minister of Information, said the ministry had asked internet service providers to provide access in social distancing areas for students to study online during this month. For this year, service providers would also offer free internet access to students studying online under the support program.
During the ceremony, over a million computers were provided to the program.
As the Covid-19 pandemic rages on, many localities have imposed social distancing orders, forcing schools to close face-to-face classes. When the new school year started earlier this month, millions of students had to resort to online or television classes.