Students choose books from a cabinet placed under a tree in the yard of Hồ Văn Thanh Primary School in HCM City’s District 12. VNS Photo Gia Lộc HCM CITY— Students of Hồ Văn Thanh Primary School in HCM City’s District 12 once used to huddle in a small library with only enough space for 10 of them. Two years ago a portion of the yard in front of the library was converted into a place for students to sit and read, Phạm Thuần Châu, the school’s vice principal, told Việt Nam News. “The yard was also not large enough and so school authorities put small cabinets with books under the trees in the yard for the students to read during breaks.” Of the books available in the school, many have been donated by students, who passed them on after reading them, he said. Phạm Duy Khánh, a third grader, said: “I like reading books and often read during the break.” … [Read more...] about HCM City schools take libraries outdoors to encourage students to read
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When 14-year-old H.T.H brought home a cell phone from school, her family was puzzled. She said her IT teacher had given it to her so she could report class attendance to him. The family was unconvinced. They had been noticing some unusual behavior by H.T.H of late. They kept pushing the boarding school girl for the truth. Finally, the girl admitted that her teacher had been having sex with her. He gave her the phone so he could contact her and tell her where to meet privately at school. The girl was 12-weeks pregnant when the truth came out. The teacher, Nguyen Viet Anh was arrested in April after the family lodged a complaint. He has reportedly confessed to having sex with her on multiple occasions at their school since late 2017, when the girl was in 7th grade. Unfortunately, H.T.H is just one among hundreds, if not thousands of children suffering sexual abuse at the hands of teachers and other figures of authority. The country was shaken when at least 10 boys of a … [Read more...] about Sexual abuse of underage school kids a legal, cultural failure
Police in Vietnam’s Central Highlands have arrested a man for molesting a nine-grade student in the restroom of her school for nearly two hours. Senior Lieutenant Colonel Bui Trong Tuan, police chief in Buon Ma Thuot City, Dak Lak Province, confirmed on Sunday that officers had apprehended Do Huu Bao, 22, for the offense. Preliminary reports showed that Bao had entered Hung Vuong Middle School on Saturday morning before abusing a nine-grade schoolgirl. According to the report submitted by the school board, Bao claimed he was the parent of a student and needed to get inside the school and give something to his child. As the man was decently dressed, the security guard believed him and agreed to let him in. Two students were also tasked with guiding Bao to the classroom of his ‘child.’ Bao later sneaked into the girls’ restroom, where he started molesting a ninth-grader. He also filmed the incident with his smartphone and threatened to leak the footage if she told … [Read more...] about Man arrested for molesting ninth-grader in school restroom in Vietnam’s Central Highlands
The fact that leaders and officers of the HCM City Education and Training Department receive remuneration for compiling textbooks has caused a stir among the public. In a document from the Ministry of Education and Trianing (MOET) to the local press, the ministry affirmed that in order to ensure fairness, publicity and transparency in choosing textbooks, the ministry has drafted a circular (which has been published on its website for public opinions) which stipulates that those who compile and inspect textbooks will not be allowed to become members of councils which have the right to choose textbooks for use. The fact that the Vietnam Education Publishing House and the HCM City Education and Training Department are joining hands to compile textbooks is the responsibility of involved parties and they need to explain this to MOET. Meanwhile, at the workshop on renovating the general education program held by the Vietnam Education Publishing House recently, director of the HCM … [Read more...] about Is Education Ministry allowing HCM City to compile textbooks?
Puppetries are on display at the puppetry art class at Yangzhou School of Culture and Arts in Jiangsu Province, China. — VNS Photo Khánh Linh Khánh Linh Yan Yu is 71 years old, but she doesn’t want to retire. A day in Yu’s life is tightly scheduled. She starts lessons on traditional rod puppetry at 6.30am sharp in the morning, training young people puppetry skills and techniques. Under her guidance, the students, mostly aged between 16 and 19, practice the art until they are able to master the skills. She only finishes classes at 8.30pm. Yu has been working as a teacher of rod puppetry – a form of traditional art in China – at the School of Culture and Arts in Jiangsu Province’s Yangzhou City for years. As one of few artists t have mastered the techniques in the province, Yu was afraid the art form, like many others in the world, would one day disappear if no efforts were made to save it. “Many traditional arts in … [Read more...] about Yangzhou school strives to keep Chinese traditional arts alive