Students from remote areas exempted from foreign language requirement

Students in remote regions, many of whom do not have the opportunity to study foreign languages, will have an alternative subject as an option in their high-school graduation exams this year.

An English class at Luong The Vinh secondary school, District 1, HCM City (Photo: SGGP)

This is one of the decisions made at a conference held Monday in Hanoi to review last year’s high-school and university admissions and examinations and discuss possible changes to the high school graduation and university entrance exams this year.

But in other areas, a foreign language will continue to be one of three compulsory subjects in high-school exams in addition to literature and mathematics.

The Ministry of Education and Training asked relevant agencies to continue to gather opinions from participants to consider further changes.

The ministry seeks to make changes to examination regulations to make testing better and more effective while still keeping it simple, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education and Training Nguyen Thien Nhan said.

The final changes related to exam regulations are expected to be announced on January 31.

By L.Nguyen, translated by Le Thu

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