HCMC authority asks Education Department to report on E-textbook plan

Ho Chi Minh city's People's Committee  yesterday asked the Department of Education and Training to report a plan on requiring elementary students to use tablets that has currently raised public concern.


The committee also asked the director of the Department of Education and Training  to recapitulate opinions of educational experts, teachers and the public after two seminars on the project " E-textbothe and tablets" and send the report to the city authority.


Last month the department suggested the plan to be used for the 2014-2015 academic year and obeyed for all 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders in the city. The plan is expected to use electronic tablets in "smart classe" where traditional textbooks are replaced by modern tablets integrated with e-textbooks.

The plan is estimated to cost around VND4 trillion (US$188,902,007) with a tablet worth VND 3,000,000. However, newspapers in the city published that they discovered a similar tablet bought in Taiwan worth only VND900,000.

It has faced parents and the public's opposition. Accordingly the city authority asked the education department to urgently report the plan.

By Khanh Ha - Translated by Uyen Phuong

Other news