Indonesian Minister of Education and Culture Nadiem Makarim (Photo: tempo.co) Jakarta (VNA) – Indonesian Minister of Education and Culture Nadiem Makarim has announced four educational policy programmes dubbed "Merdeka Belajar" or freedom of learning, including the termination of the national examination (UN) starting in 2021. "The implementation of national exam in 2021 will be changed to the Assessment of Minimum Competency and Survey of Character, which consists of the ability of language (literacy), the ability of math (numeracy), and the strengthening of character education," said Nadiem as quoted from the ministry’s website on December 11. This examination will be valid for students in the middle of the school level, viz. grades 4, 8 and 11. The government hoped this replacement of the national exams would encourage teachers and schools to improve the quality of education. The results of this exam will not be used as a basis of student selection to the next level. … [Read more...] about Indonesia to repeal national exams from 2021
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Vietnam has chosen December 12 every year as 'Phở Day' to honour the dish. Hoang Ho writes about the significance of the noodle soup. Pho ga (chicken noodle) Nam Ngu in Hanoi downtown is also famous for years for its tasty and delicious. — Photos Truong Vi There have been countless articles, books, travel guides and comments from gastronomes, journalists, authors and tourists worldwide about pho. There's no disputing the popularity of this national dish, the latest example being just two months before the national 'Day of Phở' (December 12th), CNN ranked pho bo (beef noodle soup) as the 28th best food in the world. Nguyen Thi Thinh, 70, says her pho in Hanoi's Nam Ngu Street is among best sellers in the capital. What can be said about pho when everything from the beef to the broth and noodles has been discussed in god knows how many articles. Almost every angle has been covered. Yes, there has been a lot written about the food, but the connoisseurs and … [Read more...] about Pho, not just a food
Emanuel Hänsenberger, 24, and Fabian Seiler, 25, from Switzerland, who were also inspired to come to the Southeast Asian country by a tourist’s video on Youtube, spent 4 weeks traveling over 1700 km from Hanoi to Saigon by motorbike. “I’m a bike fanatic, and I heard that Vietnam is great to travel by bike,” said Hänsenberger. They bought two Honda Wins on their third day in Hanoi and started the trip southwards. “We didn’t have any specific plan, except from that we didn’t want to spend too much time in touristic places. So no schedule, we just decided spontaneously.” Hänsenberger recalled. "What impressed me the most was the people, like it was very easy to build friendships and have an emotional bond in a short time with a lot of them," said Hänsenberger. Photo taken in Phong Nha, Quang Binh Province. “I have always had a fascination for Asian countries and their cultures, … [Read more...] about Bike-packing in Vietnam: why not?
America's richest may be getting richer but President Donald Trump's fortune has slid by $600 million to $3.1 billion, according to a list of 400 billionaires released by Forbes magazine on Tuesday. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates topped the list for a 24th consecutive year on a net worth of $89 billion with Amazon's Jeff Bezos, worth $81.5 billion, number two. But Trump, the first U.S. president to come solely from the private sector, is ranked 248 -- sharing the spot with 27-year-old Snap co-founder and CEO Evan Spiegel, the youngest person on the list. Forbes attributed Trump's decline to a weakening New York retail and office real estate market, and new information about his assets. The Manhattan tycoon ranked 156 in 2016, the year he was elected to the White House. Forbes said those on its 36th annual list of the 400 wealthiest Americans have a record-breaking, combined total net worth of $2.7 trillion, up from $2.4 trillion in 2016. Entrance to the exclusive club cost a record … [Read more...] about Trump’s fortune slides by $600 mln on Forbes wealth list
Investment Hanoi leader pledges favorable conditions for Japanese investors The Saigon Times Daily Wednesday, Dec 11, 2019,18:31 (GMT+7) Hanoi leader pledges favorable conditions for Japanese investorsThe Saigon Times Daily Hanoi Chairman Nguyen Duc Chung (R) meets with Masayuki Hyodo, representative director, president and chief executive officer of Sumitomo Corporation – PHOTO: HANOI PORTAL HCMC – Chairman of Hanoi City Nguyen Duc Chung has reaffirmed the city government’s commitment to make life easy for foreign investors to do business in the capital, including those from Japan. The chairman was speaking at his meeting on Tuesday with Masayuki Hyodo, representative director, president and chief executive officer of Sumitomo Corporation, reported the Vietnam News Agency. The city leader praised Sumitomo and the CEO for carrying out major projects and helping other firms to invest in the city. … [Read more...] about Hanoi leader pledges favorable conditions for Japanese investors