Circular 30 puts burden on teachers, students neglect learning

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VietNamNet Bridge - The effects of Circular 30 have caused primary school teachers to feel busier because they now have to spend time writing comments on students’ work, while students tend to be lazier. Circular 30 released in August 2014 was hoped to make a breakthrough in Vietnam’s primary education. The major point of the circular was to ask teachers to comment on student work and not give marks. This aimed to make students feel at ease at school and help parents understand more about their children’s capability. Pham Ngoc Dinh, director of the Ministry of Education and Training’s Primary Education Department, when reviewing the 2-year implementation of the circulation, said the new regulation has been ‘basically accepted in society’. The effects of Circular 30 have caused primary school teachers to feel busier because they now have to spend time writing comments on students’ work, while students tend to be lazier. Nguyen Dac Hung, … [Read more...]

Bucking common sense

Unsurprisingly the Ministry of Education and Training has been under fire since its big-ticket draft scheme to overhaul general education curricula and textbooks made headlines in local media last week. A public debate is still ongoing as to why the ministry has drafted a scheme costing a staggering VND70 trillion (VND3.44 billion) without due diligence. Experts say the ministry has taken an upside-down approach and that it cannot proceed with the scheme due to the lack of an overall education system reform strategy that should deal with the current impediments to educational development and determine an educational philosophy that will then guide how to change curricula and textbooks appropriately. … [Read more...]

70 trillion dong education development project unwelcomed

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VietNamNet Bridge - The Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) plans to renovate the education curriculums and textbooks for grammar schools with a project worth 70 trillion dong. However, educators have raised doubts about the project. The project focuses on renovating the education curriculums and compiling textbooks for grammar schools, which is expected to cost 962 billion dong, upgrading the material facilities (35 trillion dong), investing in teaching aids (30,050 billion dong) and implementing the pilot textbook program (3,591 billion dong). … [Read more...]

Experts dismiss new USD3.39 billion education project

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>> Textbook prices on the rise A VND70 trillion (USD3.39 billion) project on reforming high-school education being complied by the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) is facing strong opposition from many experts. The project aims to comprehensively reform current high school curriculum and textbook content to bring them in line with international standards to meet the demands of national socio-economic development. Investment for the project is expected to be sourced from the state budget, loans, and non-refundable aid. According to Vu Dinh Chuan, Head of the High School Education Department, of the total investment, VND35 trillion (USD1.69 billion) would be used for school construction, VND30 trillion (USD1.45 billion) for the purchasing of teaching and learning equipment, VND960 billion (USD46.6 million) will be spent on textbooks, with VND390 billion earmarked for teacher training and improved skills for educational managers. He added that MoET was … [Read more...]

New facilities planned for scenic Gamuda Gardens

Gamuda Gardens aims to provide the highest quality of living for its residents, with exciting plans for new amenities

Renowned Malaysian-backed developer, Gamuda Land Vietnam, has just announced plans to build a number of new facilities and amenities in its integrated lifestyle township Gamuda Gardens in Hanoi’s Hoang Mai district. The new facilities which are aimed at improving residents’ quality of life include the 3 Son Health Care and Service Centre (3 Son Building), Little Maple and Blossoms Kindergartens, and the Red River Petrol Station and Retail Service Centre. 3 Son Health Care and Service Centre Spreading out over 4,712 square metres on the main road in the township, the 3 Son Building has three levels and provides a variety of services from entertainment to comprehensive healthcare. The facilities include a 434sq.m nutrition clinic, a healthcare centre, a beauty salon, a medical clinic, a supermarket, offices, a fast-food court, and a recreational centre. With a pool of experience and an expansive distribution network of quality nutritional products, 3 Son JSC is one of … [Read more...]

Social News 24/5

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One more Tan Son Nhat airport bus service launched Southern Airport Transportation Joint Stock Company (SATSCO) on May 19 launched Bus Route No. 49 using high-quality automobiles to shuttle passengers between Tan Son Nhat airport and downtown HCMC. Buses ply SATSCO's second such route from 5 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. and depart from the airport and the downtown every 15 to 30 minutes. The traveling time of the new shuttle bus service is 30 to 40 minutes, and fares cost VND40,000 per passenger. Yellow buses of the new route will stop at major hotels, the Notre Dame Cathedral, and the HCMC Opera House in the center of the city, instead of using public bus stops. SATSCO is working on a plan to develop more five-star bus services with free wifi and staff able to communicate in English. Two months ago, the company put into serve Bus Route No. 109 linking the airport and the downtown. The company expected the two bus routes will help reduce traffic congestion on the streets leading to Tan … [Read more...]

2016 Vietnam Engineering Education Conference: Education, Government, Industry Alliances Give Root to Innovation

VEEC keynote speaker Sara Kelly, vice president, Starbucks Partner Resources, addressed the social responsibility of industry to increase access to higher education. Photo courtesy of HCMUTE

Vietnam’s quest to strengthen its presence in international engineering, research and technology innovation hinges on its ability to create partnerships between educators, industry and government, according to participants in this year’s Vietnam Engineering Education Conference (VEEC). Held last month in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) in a partnership between Arizona State University’s Higher Engineering Education Alliance Program (HEEAP) and HCMC University of Technology and Education (HCMUTE), VEEC attracted more than 380 participants from 85 organizations and featured two days of interactive plenary sessions, panel discussions and technical sessions. "This year’s conference focused on workforce competitiveness — how we can train engineers not only to be highly qualified, but also to be adaptable," said Ha Huu Phuc, General Director, Chief of the Vietnam Ministry of Education and Training South Representative in HCMC. "Collaborations between education and … [Read more...]

Education, government, industry alliances give root to innovation

Students from Dong-Nai-based Lac Hong University presented their alternative fuel car during the conference. The car can travel 24 miles on one litre (one quarter gallon) of methanol, and won first place in the Shell Eco-marathon Competition for the Asian region. Photo courtesy of HCMUTE.

Vietnam’s quest to strengthen its presence in international engineering, research and technology innovation hinges on its ability to create partnerships between educators, industry and government, according to participants in this year’s Vietnam Engineering Education Conference (VEEC). Held last month in Ho Chi Minh City in a partnership between Arizona State University’s Higher Engineering Education Alliance Program (HEEAP) and Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology and Education (HCMUTE), VEEC attracted more than 380 participants from 85 organisations and featured two days of interactive plenary sessions, panel discussions and technical sessions. "This year’s conference focused on workforce competitiveness - how we can train engineers not only to be highly qualified, but also to be adaptable," said Ha Huu Phuc, general director, chief of the Vietnam Ministry of Education and Training South Representative in Ho Chi Minh City. "Collaborations between … [Read more...]

Students still cram for secondary school entrance exam

Tran Dai Nghia School has asked students to attend a test in English to select the best students with critical thinking and integrated knowledge in many different fields.

VietNamNet Bridge - In an effort to ease pressure on students, the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) in 2015 decided to prohibit secondary schools from organizing entrance exams. However, the decision has not improved the situation. In HCM City, many students, who have recently completed primary school, are studying hard day and night to prepare for competition for seats at the Tran Dai Nghia School. Since MOET has prohibited entrance exams, Tran Dai Nghia School has asked students to attend a test in English to select the best students with critical thinking and integrated knowledge in many different fields. Assuming the role of parents looking for private tutors to prepare for the test, reporters came to an exam preparation center on Mac Dinh Chi street in district 1 to ask for information. "There will be lessons from Monday to Saturday. Each lesson lasts 90 minutes. You have to think if your children can follow," an officer at the center said. In an effort to ease … [Read more...]

First exhibition on Vietnam’s tertiary education underway in Laos

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Thirty-seven Vietnamese universities, colleges and language centers took part in an exhibition in Laos on May 20, to introduce their facilities to local students. Jointly organised by Vietnamese and Lao education ministries, the exhibition featured various information on tertiary curricula and scholarships. Most participating establishments offered Lao students incentives, including tuition fee reduction and free accommodation. Lao Deputy Minister of Education and Sports Kongsy Sengmany stressed the exhibition practically contributes to the realisation of a cooperation pact between the two ministries. It informs Lao students on tertiary education in Vietnam, helping them pick the most suitable options, he said. The minister said he looks forward to further educational engagement between Vietnam and Laos. According to Nguyen Xuan Vang, head of the International Cooperation Department under the Ministry of Education and Training, Vietnam is paying heed to improving quality and … [Read more...]

The Government’s regular meeting – April 2016

THE GOVERNMENT ------- SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIET NAMIndependence - Freedom - Happiness --------------- No. 33/NQ-CP Ha Noi, May 09, 2016RESOLUTION THE GOVERNMENT’S REGULAR MEETING - APRIL 2016 THE GOVERNMENTPursuant to the Law on Organization of the Government dated June 19, 2015;Pursuant to the Government’s Decree No. 08/2012/ND-CP dated February 16, 2012 promulgating the working regulation of the Government;Based on the discussion of the Cabinet’s members and the conclusion of the Prime Minister at the Government’s regular meeting in April 2016, held on May 04 and 05, 2016,RESOLVES: 1. Regarding the common tasks The Government's regular meeting in April 2016 was the first meeting after the Government’s consolidation since the 12th National Party Congress. In the context where the country, the world and the region have numerous advantages but also face with many difficulties and challenges while the remainder of the Government’s term … [Read more...]

Uncle Ho’s birth anniversary observed

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PANO – President Ho Chi Minh’s birthday is celebrated with various activities every year on May 19th by units and agencies nationwide. In Ho Chi Minh City, the Central Information and Education Commission, the Ministry of Education and Training, the Central Committee of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union, and Nguyen Tat Thanh University jointly held a ceremony to award 124 excellent contestants of the multiple-choice competition themed "Youth studying and following the moral example of Ho Chi Minh 2016". The competition drew the participation of nearly 340,000 students and youth, via the website hocvalamtheobac.vn. Nguyen Tat Thanh University also celebrated the 126th birthday of Uncle Ho that day. On May 19th, the Staff, the Political Department, the Department of Logistics, and the Technical Department of Military Zone 9 reviewed the implementation of Politburo’s Directive 03 and Directive 317 of the Central Military Commission. These directives concern … [Read more...]

70,000 teachers to be jobless

A teacher leading pupils at the Nguyen Van Troi Primary School in Tan Binh District, HCM City. More than 70,000 teachers are likely to be out of a job by 2020 since demand will fall far short of supply, according to educational experts. – Photo: VNA/VNS

VietNamNet Bridge – More than 70,000 teachers are likely to be out of jobs by 2020 since the demand is far short of supply, according to educational experts. Even if Viet Nam’s student-teacher ratio reaches that of developed countries, its education system will not be able to absorb all newly graduated teachers, Bui Van Quan, the rector of the Ha Noi Metropolitan University, said at a meeting held on Wednesday to discuss teacher training and education reform. Around 41,000 primary teachers, 12,200 secondary teachers and 16,900 high school teachers would be unemployed by 2020, he said. Quan blamed the redundancies on the country’s massive number of teacher training institutions. Sixty three out of 64 cities and provinces in the country have at least one university that provides teacher training courses, he said. Dak Nong is the odd one out. Teacher training institutions mushroomed without taking market demand into account, Quan said. Many have poor … [Read more...]

All students receive praise these days as teachers seek merit

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VietNamNet Bridge - Teachers appear seem to be very ‘generous’ when giving compliments to students. Nearly all students can receive ‘certificates of satisfactory progress’ when the academic year finishes. Nguyen Thuy Hang, a parent in Bac Tu Liem district in Hanoi, said her daughter, a seventh grader, got the title ‘excellent student’ for the 2015-2016 academic year and received the certificate of merit for this. However, Hang admitted that the information does not make her really excited, because two-thirds of students could get the title. "It is easy to become excellent students nowadays," she explained. "Teachers tend to give high marks to students, because the teachers would be rewarded if their students can gain high achievements." A teacher of the Van Dien Primary School in Hanoi admitted that it is easy for students nowadays to get certificates of merit from schools. She said the Ministry of Education and Training’s Circular 30 … [Read more...]

Action month of drug prevention, control launched

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VGP – The PM has asked ministries, agencies, and the People’s Committees of cities and provinces to launch the action month of drug prevention and control from June 1-30, 2016. Themed "Protecting the youth from drugs", it sets the goal to communicate the risks of drugs, especially synthetic drugs, cannabis and psychotropic substances to raise the awareness of the community and among youths. Press agencies will broadcast news and stories on drug prevention and control as well as reflect difficulties and obstacles in the struggle against drugs. The PM requires the Ministry of Public Security to investigate and raze large-scale drug trafficking rings as well as coordinate with the Ministries of Education and Training, Culture, Sports and Tourism and other relevant agencies to organize activities in response to the action month of drug prevention and control in Ha Noi. The Ministries of Defense and Finance will closely coordinate with the Ministry of Public Security to … [Read more...]

Vietnam ranks fifth at 2016 Asia-Pacific Informatics Olympiad

The Vietnamese team attends the 2016 Asia-Pacific Informatics Olympiad.

The Hanoitimes - Six out of 15 Vietnamese students attending the 2016 Asia-Pacific Informatics Olympiad have gained one gold, two silver and three bronze medals, according to the Ministry of Education and Training. The Ministry of Education and Training announced on May 16, Vietnamese team have won six medals at the 2016 Asia-Pacific Informatics Olympiad (APIO 2016), that was held in the Republic of Korea on May 7-8. Six out of 15 Vietnamese students attending the competition have gained one gold, two silver and three bronze medals. They are 11th and 12th graders from gifted schools in Hanoi, HCM City, Vinh Phuc and Thua Thien-Hue. The gold medal was belonged to Phan Duc Nhat Minh, an 11th grader from the High School for Gifted Students, Hanoi University of Science (HUS), Vietnam National University in Hanoi who scored 226 out of 300 in the contest. He is among 14 contestants from six countries awarded gold medals this year. With the results, Vietnam ranked fifth out of 30 … [Read more...]

Fulbright University Vietnam licensed

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Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has signed a license to establish the Fulbright University Vietnam (FUV), to be located in the Ho Chi Minh City Hi-Tech Park. The FUV is a non-profit foreign invested educational institution under the State management of the Ministry of Education and Training of Vietnam professionally and the Ho Chi Minh City municipal People’s Committee territorially. The university is built on the capital and human resources of the US’ Fulbright University with a US$70 million investment, including US$5.3 million for the first phase in 2016, US$20 million for the second phase (2017-2020) and US$44.7 million for the third phase (2020-2030). The Trust for University Innovation in Vietnam (TUIV), a non-profitable organisation, has registered to establish the FUV, thus it will not be governed by shareholders or by other private education institutions in Vietnam. The TUIV has mobilised capital for the project from funds by the US Government, … [Read more...]

VN students win six APIO medals in Korea

Students study informatics at the Hà Nội University of Engineering and Technology. - Photo nhandan.com.vn

Vietnamese students have won six medals at the 2016 Asia-Pacific Informatics Olympiad (APIO) which was hosted by the Republic of Korea on May 7-8. The Ministry of Education and Training said on Monday that out of the 15 Vietnamese students participating in the competition, six students had won a total of one gold, two silver and three bronze medals. The students are 11th and 12th graders from gifted schools in Hà Nội, HCM City and Vĩnh Phúc and Thừa Thiên-Huế provinces. The gold medal was won by Phan Đức Nhật Minh, an 11th grader from the High School for Gifted Students under the Hà Nội University of Science, who scored 226 out of 300 marks in the contest. He is among 14 contestants from six countries who were awarded gold medals this year. Lê Quang Tuấn, an 11th grader from the High School for Gifted Students under the Hà Nội University of Education, and Trần Tấn Phát, a 12th grader from the High School for Gifted Students under the HCM City National University, bagged the silver … [Read more...]

Math and Russian Olympic contests concluded

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PANO – On May 16th, the Russian Center of Science and Culture in Hanoi presented prizes to 100 students in Math and Russian Olympic contests. The contests, part of the project "It’s time to study in Russia", was launched in March by the center, Russian engineering universities, and Vietnamese departments of Education and Training. The competitions contributed to promoting Russian language and culture to Vietnamese youth. According to Pham Quang Hung, the Director General of Vietnam International Education Department, the Ministry of Education and Training is currently managing about 2,400 students studying at Russian educational institutes. Translated by Hong Anh … [Read more...]