Ho Chi Minh City authorities, scholars and enterprises discussed price stabilization and measures to bring price-stabilized goods to remote areas at the program "Talk and Do" televised December 5 by the HCMC People's Council in partnership with HCMC TV. The council's chairperson Pham Phuong Thao said goods prices have been prone to soar in the rest of this year, affecting many people and their living conditions. Dr. Tran Hoang Ngan, deputy head of the HCMC University of Economics, said the consumer price index rose by 9.58 percent in the past eleven months; thus, this year we will see an inflation rate of above 11 percent. He attributed the main cause of the inflation to the global economic crisis, which has affected hikes in local foods prices, interest rates and school fees. Dr. Ngan said there should be short-term and long-term measures to control prices. The price stabilization program is the city's initiative to stabilize prices and ensure adequate supply of goods, he … [Read more...] about City acts to bring price-stabilized goods to remote areas
VietNamNet Bridge - The Hoa Binh provincial Science & Technology Analysis, Testing and Service Center has received the technology transfer to implement the project on using solar energy and diesel engine to generate electricity for remote areas. Hoa Binh province in the north of Vietnam has weak wind energy resource. Though it has profuse hydraulic power sources, but the most potential sources all have been exploited. Meanwhile, the livestock breeding is still underdeveloped; therefore, it's not the right time to think of using biogas to generate power. Of the clean energy sources, scientists have found out that the solar energy is the most potential. According to the Hoa Binh province's Hydrometeorology Center, the province has 1,545 sunny hours every year, a higher number if compared with the other localities in the country. Therefore, scientists have decided that using solar energy to generate power is the most feasible solution for the remote and mountainous areas in … [Read more...] about Solar energy for remote areas, why not?
VietNamNet Bridge - Life improved markedly for Bui Van Mao's family in Kim Boi District in the northern province of Hoa Binh when his house was connected to the national electricity grid in 2002. Because they now have electric lighting, Mao's children can study at night time. … [Read more...] about Remote areas power up for profit
Thousands of dedicated teachers brave poverty, dangerous roads and shoddy facilities to bring education to the country’s most remote areas. Teaching in Vietnam’s more rural areas is no easy task. Crumbling facilities often offer none of even the most basic supplies like electricity and tap water and teachers have to put chains on their motorcycle tires in order to ride the muddy roads to work. Many have to wander remote villages before and after class to convince students to go to school. Pang Tieng Elementary and Secondary School in Lam Dong Province’s Lac Duong District employs 22 such teachers on salaries of some VND2 million (US$112) a month. School principal Ro Ong Ha Xuan said the teachers had a very difficult job. “The school has no electricity, tap water or rooms for teachers to stay overnight, and many of them travel long distances here every day,” he said. “The teachers take turns collecting rainwater for daily use at the school. … [Read more...] about Awful conditions don’t stop committed teachers in remote areas
Remote areas have been "laying the red carpet", inviting teachers to the provinces to work for grammar schools there. However, the number of those coming is always lower than the number of those leaving. According to the Bac Lieu provincial education and training department, the province lacks 200 teachers for nursery and primary schools this academic year. Ironically, it is really an awkward situation that the province now has many redundant teachers for secondary schools. The decreased number of secondary school students has led to the redundancy of 170 teachers in literature, history, geography, biology and chemistry. Meanwhile, the schools in the locality are seriously lacking teachers in music, arts, and technologies. The same situation now also can be seen in Ca Mau province, where schools lacking teachers in some subjects, but have hundreds of redundant teachers in other subjects. The number of students in the province has dropped by 8000 in comparison with the previous … [Read more...] about Remote areas need reasonable policies to attract teachers