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?
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The National Committee for Incident, Natural Disaster Response and Search and Rescue said that a fishing vessel from the central city of Da Nang had sunk near the Passu Keah Reef on Wednesday. Nine fishermen on board were rescued by a Vietnamese ship, and the Da Nang People’s Committee requested China to help the owner recover the sunken vessel. The owner later hired two ships from the central province of Quang Ngai Province to salvage the ship. However, instead of helping, a Chinese speedboat deliberately thwarted efforts to recover the sunken Vietnamese vessel Thursday. The rescue committee requested intervention from the Vietnam Foreign Ministry, Vietnam Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Center and the Coast Guard Command right after the Chinese speedboat showed up at 2:20 p.m. But after waiting and seeing no help coming, the fishermen who’d come to salvage the sunken vessel left at 4 p.m. Thursday. In another incident last Sunday, China declined a request from … [Read more...] about China prevents Vietnamese fishermen from recovering sunken vessel
While Vietnam is hugely successful at international science competitions, experts are concerned the country’s education system might be headed in the wrong direction with its focus on tangible achievements rather than nurturing raw talents to become useful humans. All 38 Vietnamese students who participated in regional and international Olympiads in 2018 were medalists, including 13 gold medals, 14 silver medals and 11 bronze medals, according to statistics from the Ministry of Education and Training. Over the past ten years, Vietnam’s performances at such competitions have seen some major improvement, the ministry noted. Between 2009 and 2012, Vietnam only managed to claim around 30 medals each year, with very few gold medals, but since 2013 Vietnam’s yearly medal count at science Olympiads has significantly improved to 35-40 medals, with an average of about ten gold medals each year, according ministry statistics. Most Vietnamese contestants are chosen from … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s obsession with academic medals is spoiling its talents
Nguyen Van Phuc of Dong Thap province’s Thap Muoi district said he planted IR 50404 rice this time and got a yield of seven tonnes per hectare, higher than last year. Harvesting the winter – spring rice crop in Kien Giang Province’s Chau Thanh District. (Photo: Vietnamnews) Besides, costs were lower than previous years because rice fields had plenty of sediments deposited meaning farmers could use less fertilisers, he said. Authorities had released floodwaters rich with sediments from the rising Mekong River into nearly half of the province’s rice farming areas between August and October last year. Besides depositing the sediments, this also helped destroy disease-causing pests. More than 197,000ha were planted in the province, 60 percent of them with high-quality rice varieties, according to its Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. Farmers have harvested more than 50,000ha so far with an average yield of 6.5 tonnes per hectare. … [Read more...] about Mekong Delta enjoys good start to rice harvest
In the first six months of the year, heavy rains flooded many regions in the country, causing significant loss of life and property. Photo: baohaiquan.vn In the first six months of the year, heavy rains flooded many regions in the country, causing significant loss of life and property, he said at the “Prevention of Disaster in Southern Provinces” seminar. Nguyen Hiep of the Vietnam Disaster Management Authority said the agency in the last six months of this year would work with southern cities and provinces to set up a disaster-prevention and relocation plan for households living in coastal areas. Local authorities would be tasked to check areas facing a high risk of landslides and move residents to safe places, while workers will be assigned to guard roads at risk of being inundated by water, he said. In the first half of the year, 75 people were killed or missing while 48 others were injured during natural disasters. Total economic damages reached VND 868.5 billion … [Read more...] about Prevention and relocation plan needed for Southern region