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Ministry leads celebrations for National Teachers’ Day

Education authorities in many provinces held events to mark the 27th National Teachers’ Day on October 7, when teachers were congratulated for their contribution to the development of the country’s human resources.
In Vientiane, Minister of Education and Sports Associate Prof. Dr Phout Simmalavong on Wednesday led education officials, teachers and students in celebrating National Teachers’ Day through an online meeting.
Senior officials from Education and Sports Departments in several provinces took part in the online event.

Speaking at the ceremony, Associate Prof. Dr Phout said teachers are facing challenges during the Covid outbreak and must change their teaching methods to ensure safety as teachers and students adapt to the circumstances brought about by the virus outbreak.
On behalf of the Ministry of Education and Sports, he expressed congratulations and appreciation of the contribution made by teachers to efforts to improve standards of education.
The minister urged teachers to shoulder more responsibility and to continue to raise their standards, while calling on everyone to share in the improvement of education, adding that the development of human resources was not the job of the education sector alone.
In the run-up to National Teachers’ Day, the ministry advised education institutions across the country to comply with instructions given by the National Taskforce for Covid-19 Prevention and Control on the organisation of ceremonies to celebrate the occasion.
Despite the recently-announced lockdown, authorities in Xekong province marked the day by arranging for students to pay their respects to their teachers at ceremonies held on Wednesday.
A student representative thanked teachers for all the knowledge they had provided and for all that they had learnt, and wished them good luck in their future endeavours. Many students brought flowers and gifts for their teachers.
The ceremony also recalled the origins of National Teachers’ Day, which harks back to an event that took place over 100 years ago when Mr Kham, who had graduated from a teacher training school, was recognised as the first Lao teacher.
The government later designated October 7 as National Teachers’ Day to acknowledge the work done by all Lao teachers.
To celebrate the 27th National Teachers’ Day on October 7 this year, the ministry has recommended several methods of learning and teaching during the Covid outbreak, including on site, home school, on air, online and blended learning.
The ministry has advised teachers and students to continue with distance studies through online classes, television broadcasts and the ministry’s Kang Panya Lao learning database so that students can keep up with the syllabus and achieve learning goals.

By Times Reporters
 (Latest Update October 8, 2021)


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