President conveys his best wishes for education sector in new school year

With public funding only able to meet a fifth of the VNĐ1.8 quadrillion (US$80 billion) required for development works in HCM City’s in 2016 – 20, authorities are striving to involve the private sector. HCM City needs to mobilise more investments for infrastructure development projects. - VNS File Photo. According to Sử Ngọc Anh, director of the city Department of Planning and Investment, many new measures and policies have been put in place to mobilise private resources, but challenges remain. He explained that investors must bring in 15-20 per cent of the funding required for a project, with loans from banks and other credit organisations making up the rest. Nguyễn Hoàng Minh, deputy director of the State Bank of Việt Nam, HCM City branch, said bank funding for socio-economic projects, especially in infrastructure, is linked to their effectiveness. Therefore, investors and relevant authorities must ensure the effectiveness of projects when they are completed, he said. Phạm Mạnh Thắng, deputy director general of Vietcombank, said the bank has provided loans of over VNĐ100 trillion for 61 projects, including 23 in the education sector, 16 for transport infrastructure (roads, bridges), nine for urban development, and seven for hospitals. In the context of inadequate public funding, making use of public-private-partnerships (PPP) is vital, he said, but admitted the PPP form faces legal hurdles. Thắng said another problem is that most local banks are small,…... [read more]

In the past time, with effective changes in guidance and administration of the Provincial Party Committee, the Provincial People’s Council and the Provincial People’s Committee as well as the drastic engagement of all departments and branches, Soc Trang province has solidly overcome difficulties and challenges to achieve most encouraging results in almost all areas. Changing the face of Soc Trang urban areasMr Pham Anh Minh, Deputy Director of the Department of Construction Positive urban development has helped economic restructuring, socio-economic development and people’s material and spiritual life improvement. The province has streamlined planning and planning management, decentralised management, applied information technology to management, intensified administrative procedure reform, attracted resources for development investment, and raised public awareness of construction planning, environmental protection, and urban landscape. As a result, the urban environment has been gradually improved and modernised In the past time, the province has effectively mobilised domestic and foreign capital sources and economic sectors, particularly from enterprises, to invest in technical infrastructure construction in urban areas, residential areas, commercial areas and environmental rehabilitation. The construction of new buildings helps change the look of urban areas and improve people’s livelihood quality. The technical and social infrastructure has been invested to promote socio-economic development. Aiming to build Soc Trang e-government Mr Duong Van Nhan, Deputy Director of the Department of Information and Communications As a poor province where Khmer people reside, Soc Trang lacks budget for IT application and e-government approach. Therefore, the deployment of e-government must have…... [read more]

The historic August 22-24 official visit to Indonesia by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong has served as a new driving force for Vietnam and Indonesia to further tighten bilateral investment co-operation. Thanh Tung reports from Jakarta. During the visit, many Indonesian firms and investors expressed their big interest in Vietnam’s market Last Wednesday afternoon, Samal Abdul Nasir Bamadhaj – director of Indonesia’s Intra Asia Indonesia – came to the storied Raffles hotel in  Indonesia’s capital city of Jakarta to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on coal trading and seaport investment with Vietnam’s Hong Phat Group. The document, signed during Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong’s official visit to Indonesia last week, would enable the Indonesian firm to build a $1 billion coal port in Vietnam. “I feel very happy about the signing of the MoU. It is very important to us as it will be the prerequisite for us to co-operate with Hong Phat, and we will realise it very soon,” Bamadhaj told VIR. The port, with a designed capacity of about 15-20 million tonnes of coal per year, will be largely used for cargo and logistics to serve export and import activities between Indonesia and Vietnam, especially coal. This is the first time that Intra Asia Indonesia, a coal miner and trader with three mines throughout Indonesia, has co-operated with a Vietnamese firm. Earlier, Hong Phat’s representatives came to Jakarta…... [read more]

He made the statement at a meeting to review the academic year 2016-2017 and implementation of new mission of the new school year held by the municipal Department of Education and Training. Mr. Tuyen stressed that the People’s Committee always advocates educational facilities to be self-financed institutions in an attempt to spend state budget less yet still guarantee teaching staffs’ lives and protect schools’ brand name. The deputy chairman appreciated the education sector’s for years including taking heed to providing a basic education for students, taking initiatives in reforming curricula and teaching methods as well as in testing and assessing so as to improve the quality. For the preparation of the new school year 2017-2018, the city allocated more than one fourth of state budget for the sector, said Mr. Tuyen. The amount was spent on building 1,500 classrooms and 85 preschool construction projects with 1,153 rooms and VND500 billion was used for repairing and purchasing equipment for teaching and learning activities. At the meeting, the People’s Committee presented certificates of merit to nine people and one certificate of merit to a team of good students who had won medals at the International Maths Olympiad 2017.By THU TAM - Translated by UYEN PHUONG... [read more]

NDO - It is crucial to remove any rigid regulations that are no longer effective and suitable with the current situation, in order to innovate education and training, particularly in state management. Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam made the statement at a national online conference, on August 21 in Hanoi, to review the 2016-2017 academic year and launch the tasks for 2017-2018. Addressing the conference, the Deputy PM lauded the prominent activities of the education sector, particulary the universalisation of preschool education for children of 5 years old. The education sector has developed a curriculum for students at three levels of general education, as well as succesfully completing and reforming the 2017 national high school examination, he added. He also highlighted that university autonomy has been gradually implemented, while educational management has been improved as unnecessary activities and exams have been eliminated. Deputy PM Dam also pointed out five inadequate issues of the sector, including the unsuitable regulations in State management and governance in universities, schools and preschools, in addition to the slow implementation of the textbook innovation programme. He stressed that the sector has not paid significant attention to comprehensive teaching methods; the settlement of the problem of excess teachers in secondary and high schools and the lack of preschool teachers; and continuing education. The Deputy PM called for a strong and practical enhancement of education for the people, particularly students at the general level. In addition, the universities’ self-reliance should…... [read more]

Despite the order to cut staff, state schools still face teacher redundancy problems as decisions are made by the departments of internal affairs instead of the education sector.    State schools face teacher redundancy problems For the past five years, the Ministry of Education and Training have constantly emphasised the need to cut staff at schools. The ministry tried to deal with the problems by re-training teachers and sending them to nursery schools. But this has proved controversial. Nguyen Kim Phung, director of the ministry's Higher Education Department, said the enrollment quota for teacher training in 2014 was 84,000. It was cut to 68,000 in 2016 and 54,000 in 2017 but Phung said the number was still too high. According to Decision 732 issued by the prime minister about training teachers and managers for the 2016-2020 period with a view to 2025, Vietnam only needs 190,000 more teachers. However, the enrolment quota for 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 academic years are already 122,000. Teacher quality was also in question as the entrance scores to many teacher training universities this year were extremely low. Le Truong Tung, head of FPT University said forecasting human resources for teachers was much easier than in other sectors as they can have an accurate estimate of the number of students and teachers for each grade and subject. "The Ministry of Education and Training asked universities to cut the enrolment quota every year but the implementation has not been effective," he said. Tung suggested following India where a…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Viet Nam has a long-standing tradition of venerating teachers as people who provide knowledge and mould future leaders and quality citizens. At a recent meeting held to review the 2016-2017 academic year and set tasks for the 2017-2018 academic year, Minister of Education and Training Phung Xuan Nha admitted that many teachers had failed to meet demands of education reform.   So it was shocking to learn that a position held in the highest esteem in society requires the lowest pass marks in a university entrance exam. As per the latest announcement of cutoff marks released by many pedagogical institutions, high school students virtually failing the entrance exams qualify for admission to become teachers, at just nine out of 30. To say this is shocking would be to put it mildly. Vietnamese 12th graders took the national exam in June with separate tests in math, literature, English and basic sciences. Their total scores in three of these tests are used to determine which university or college, if any, will accept them. This paper recently carried poignant stories about really bright children missing out on a college of their choice by a fraction, and many people questioning the preferential treatment given to students from rural areas and poor families. Now, it turns out that as long as you score just three out of 10, yes, you heard that right, just 30 per cent marks in an exam qualifies a student to train as a teacher. A high school…... [read more]

The Deputy PM made the statement at a meeting with the Ministry of Education and Training yesterday. The sector must assess real market demand for human resources of the pedagogical sector, accordingly it leads to surplus of teachers in some areas but shortage of teachers in other areas. The Deputy PM asserted that the education sector must submit the mechanism and demand policies for teachers in this year. At the meeting, Education Minister Phung Xuan Nha took the responsibility of issues of public concerns such as admission into universities, training quality in pedagogy universities, difficulties in find a job for graduates from teacher training facilities, local abundance and shortage of teachers. He said that because of difficulties in finding a job, good students refused to sit for examination into pedagogy universities. Additionally, salary and bonus don’t deserve with teachers’ efforts. Mr. Nha said that in the next time, the Ministry will liaise with the Ministry of Home Affairs and local administrations to carry out assessment on teacher demand of each subject to admission quota for each pedagogy university. To solve the abundance of teachers, Minister Nha said that on one side, the sector will tighten admission quota and on the other side, the sector will provide job for unemployed graduates by working with other sectors which are short of employees to re-train them. Moreover, the Ministry will provide refresher courses to over one million teachers. From 2018, the sector will stop enrollment of subjects with abundant teachers. Also from…... [read more]

However, this has also kept concerned agencies busy raiding and seizing illegally printed copies of the above-mentioned materials. The Vietnam Education Publishing House said its investigation department has busted several cases of illegal printing in the last few months. In Hanoi, Hai Anh Co Ltd. was found to have illegally printed 30,000 English textbooks; Thien Phu Printing Factory and Hai Chien Packaging Printing Company were discovered to illegally possess a large amount of pirated copies of English textbooks. In the central region, the department detected illegally-printed primary school textbooks in Quang Ngai province and large volumes of secondary school English textbooks in Da Nang city and Khanh Hoa province. More than 3,000 copies of textbooks, mainly in English, were collected in Dak Lak. Illegal printing of textbooks isn’t something new, it has been an open secret for many years, something that has never stopped. Authors, publishers and printing houses have pleaded for this practice to stop, but pirated books still exist despite repeated raids and fines. No official figures are available about the damage caused, but publishers estimate losses caused by the contraband book market at several billions of VND every year. Previously, the activity was confined to new books and bestsellers, but now, all curricula, textbooks, reference books and English books are being printed illegally. Typically printers involved in book piracy are unable to present contracts or have printed copies far in excess of the license. State management offices…... [read more]

Hanoi, August 17 (VNA) - For several months now, the market for textbooks, reference books and study kits has been abuzz with activity as the new school year approaches.  However, this has also kept concerned agencies busy raiding and seizing illegally printed copies of the above-mentioned materials.  The Vietnam Education Publishing House said its investigation department has busted several cases of illegal printing in the last few months.  In Hanoi, Hai Anh Co Ltd. was found to have illegally printed 30,000 English textbooks; Thien Phu Printing Factory and Hai Chien Packaging Printing Company were discovered to illegally possess a large amount of pirated copies of English textbooks.  In the central region, the department detected illegally-printed primary school textbooks in Quang Ngai province and large volumes of secondary school English textbooks in Da Nang city and Khanh Hoa province. More than 3,000 copies of textbooks, mainly in English, were collected in Dak Lak.  Illegal printing of textbooks isn’t something new, it has been an open secret for many years, something that has never stopped.  Authors, publishers and printing houses have pleaded for this practice to stop, but pirated books still exist despite repeated raids and fines.  No official figures are available about the damage caused, but publishers estimate losses caused by the contraband book market at several billions of  VND every year.  Previously, the activity was confined to new books and bestsellers, but now, all curricula, textbooks, reference books and English books…... [read more]




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