VietNamNet Bridge - The Ministry of Education & Training (MOET) has vowed to improve the quality of teachers by setting up a minimum admission mark for pedagogical schools, but education experts do not think the measure will help. MOET decided to remove the floor mark from the 2018-2019 academic year, but it will set up the floor mark for teacher training facilities in order to ensure teacher quality. MOET’s Phung Xuan Nha announced the decision at a meeting with presidents of pedagogical schools some days ago. The meeting was scheduled amid worries about the low quality of incoming students at pedagogical schools. Education experts have rung the alarm bell over the enrollment at pedagogical schools. Students just need to have a 10 score for three exam subjects to enroll in pedagogical junior colleges (3-year training), while pedagogical universities (4-5 year training) accept students who got a 15.5 score only. Hong Duc University in Thanh Hoa province … [Read more...] about Will floor mark policy help improve teacher quality?
VietNamNet Bridge - According to the Department of Teachers and Educational Managers, the number of university lecturers has increased but the quality has not improved. Many lecturers don’t carry out scientific research, don’t have articles published in scientific journals, and have limited foreign language skills. The Education Quality Accreditation Center, which assessed 20 top-tier universities in 2016, found that schools lacked lecturers and many of them lecturers were not sufficiently qualified. Under current laws, university lecturers must have a master’s degree. However, 16 percent of lecturers at the schools had only a bachelor’s degree. Nguyen Hai Thap, deputy head of the Department of Teachers and Educational Managers, said that lecturers are good at professional knowledge, but have problems in scientific research and IT utilization. According to Thap, the problem is there are no standards for university lecturers, though there are … [Read more...] about Ministry urged to improve quality of lecturers in tertiary education
VietNamNet Bridge - Vietnam is one of a few countries which harvests and sells salangane resources. Besides collecting salangane nests in the wild, Vietnam has organized salangane farming. There are 5,000 salangane houses in 36 provinces and cities with 6 million salanganes.Salangane nests are praised as a ‘miracle drug’ which improves human health. Vietnam’s salangane nests are recognized as the best in the world.Khanh Hoa province is the capital of Vietnam’s salangane products, where there are 90 salangane houses. While Vietnam’s salangane quality is high, the output is low. … [Read more...] about Salangane nest market flooded with low-quality imports
VietNamNet Bridge - Vietnam’s legal loopholes on regulations of air quality need to be eliminated immediately, experts say. Air quality control has not improved considerably as Vietnam still doesn’t have technical regulations for odors and indoor air. The current laws do not clearly stipulate total volume of emissions and time of discharge. A scientist explained that the lack of regulation on the time of discharge worsens air pollution, because when many factories discharge waste at the same time, the emissions-receiving sources become overloaded. The volume of emissions in the air depends on the scale or fields of operation of industrial facilities. Therefore, different enterprises will require different waste treatment processes. The current legal framework also doesn’t include regulations on supervision of enterprises’ emissions treatment, while the emissions licensing system still has not been activated. Emissions treatment now depends on … [Read more...] about Legal loopholes make it impossible to control air quality
Hanoi will roll out action programmes and plans to improve air quality in the city (Source: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Hanoi will roll out action programmes andplans to improve air quality in the city based on the outcomes of aFrench-funded air quality assessment project, said a municipal leader. Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung made the statement ata reception for French Ambassador to Vietnam Bertrand Lortholary, Director ofAirparif Frederic Bouvier, and Director of the French DevelopmentAgency (AFD) in Vietnam Fabrice Richy in Hanoi on October 17. During the meeting, the two sides reviewed the one-year-old project,under which air monitoring stations were set up in Hanoi.Chungcalled on Airparif, an agency in charge of monitoring air quality in Ile-de-France, to improve the qualityof the monitoring stations, while publicising air quality assessments. In September, GreenInnovation and Development Centre (GreenID), a Hanoi-based NGO, … [Read more...] about France helps Hanoi with air quality assessment