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The Education Ministry is urging to build content for an online education

The education ministry claimed that last year at least two computers and a fixed telephone line to access the Internet were installed in 96 per cent of universities and high schools nationwide, under a programme conducted by the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) and the Ministry of Post and Telematics.

“The programme is nearly completed, and the remaining high schools are located in areas where it is difficult to install access to the Internet,” said Quach Tuan Ngoc, director of the centre of information and communication technology under MoET.

He said to build content for the online education network would be the second stage. Lecturers, teachers and students needed to learn to use online facilities and then content would follow, he said.

“This is a first stage, where lecturers and teachers and students learn to read information on websites, to use email and to search through lectures in an online database. Then they can write e-lectures and e-books, and the last stage will be to upload those academic products,” Ngoc said.

According to Hanoi authorities, only 5 per cent of the total number of teachers in the capital know how to use computers and software in teaching and 20 per cent of the total number of IT teachers passed IT courses.

In northern Bac Giang province, no teachers – except for those in IT – know how to use computers and even the headmaster does not know how to email.

Ngoc said the centre would upload initial information on exams, marks and ICT conferences and establish an e-learning forum to exchange free e-lectures among universities and high schools.

He said the centre would also search for good educational material from schools and universities in Vietnam and around the world, and offer them to local teachers to encourage them to upgrade their teaching.

“Then education quality and education management will be upgraded, that’s the programme goal,” Ngoc said.

There are more than 250 university and education base websites in Vietnam. MoET and Electricity of Vietnam are also executing a project to install an optic cable in all universities for Internet access.

VNCG-VDC1 - (02/04/2004)

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