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Education curriculum adapted to changing situation
The education curriculum for primary and secondary schools has been improved to help teachers and students adapt to the change in circumstances brought about by the Covid-19 outbreak.
The Research Institute for Educational Sciences of the Ministry of Education and Sports has adapted study timetables to shorter than normal schedules.
The Institute has recommended that learning/teaching schedules in a school year be decreased from 33 weeks plus five weeks to prepare for final exams in the original school year to 26 weeks plus four weeks to prepare for final exams in the 2021-22 school year.

The first semester will run from September to the middle of December and the second semester will run from January to March.
Exam preparation and final exams will be held in April or according to the varying situations at each school.
The Institute has adapted the subject structure and timetable in the classroom, with the teacher defining the aims and details of the course content.
Primary schools will focus on Lao language, mathematics, science, environment, general knowledge and English.
In lower and upper secondary schools, students will learn key subjects including Lao language, mathematics, science (physics, chemistry and biology), social science (geography and history), Lao studies, foreign languages and Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
The Ministry of Education and Sports has recommended several methods of learning and teaching during the Covid outbreak, including on site, home schooling, on air, online and blended learning.
As part of helping teachers and students adapt to the change during the Covid outbreak, the Research Institute for Educational Sciences has approved a new curriculum, textbooks and teacher guides for primary schools.
New materials will be published and delivered to schools for use in the current school year.
The new study materials cover Lao Language, English, science and the environment, physical education, arts and handicrafts.
An official in charge of the institute said the improved curriculum uses a new pedagogical method with a focus on active learning. Children will learn through hands-on experience and practical application of their new knowledge.
The new textbooks are colourful and highly visual in order to improve children’s attention and memory retention. They contain more illustrations, pictures and diagrams to help with understanding, as well as plenty of activities, enabling children to learn by doing.
The new teacher guides contain an easy-to-use tool for continuous assessment designed to increase opportunities for critical thinking, active learning, and peer collaboration.

By Times Reporters
  (Latest Update September 22, 2021)


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