The results are in from this year's university entrance exams, and nearly 150 institutions across Vietnam have set their benchmark scores for admission, with some surprising results. Forget medical and engineering schools, it is the armed forces that are demanding the highest grades. Vietnamese 12th graders took the national exam in June with separate tests in math, literature, English and science. Their combined scores are used to determine what school, if any, they will be accepted by. While most schools are demanding higher scores than they did last year, which education experts blame on easier tests, police and military schools are proving to be the hardest to get into. Officials from the education ministry said that these schools are asking for a minimum score of at least 29 out of 30. The People’s Security Academy in Hanoi, which trains forces such as police officers, security agents and inspectors, is asking for up to 30.5 points (students from … [Read more...] about Why it’s more difficult for college hopefuls to become a soldier than a doctor in Vietnam
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Education system needs a boost (06-10-2006) Educational expert Phuc Linh, who has been attached to the Ministry of Education and Training for more than forty years, spoke to the Tin Tuc (News) about improving Viet Nam's educational system. Are educational standards throughout the country on the decline? An educational system needs to be based on the demands of the society as a whole. We need to look at the social investment required to build an effective system and the results we then achieved from our investment in order to adequately gauge the overall quality of education in the country. Obviously education makes major contributions to the development of the nation's economy. We have managed to make education universal throughout the country but there is still a huge gap in what is provided in the cities and what is provided in rural areas. Is cheating in exams a major problem in the country? This serious violation of examination rules has continued unabated for many years without … [Read more...] about Education system needs a boost
Better qualified lecturers needed to improve higher education (17-11-2008) The Government says it will lift standards to tackle the shortage of qualified university lecturers.Tien Phong (Pioneer) newspaper spoke to Ha Noi National University director Mai Trong Nhuan about the issue. What is the status of staff working as university lecturers in Viet Nam? Lecturers can be divided into three groups. The first consists of lecturers trained in modern techniques, including information technology. They have been trained methodically and can approach new topics with ease, such as teaching methods and foreign languages. The second group includes doctors and professors trained in former Eastern European countries several decades ago. They often find it difficult to keep pace with change and today's teaching methods. The third group consists mainly of former students who remain at universities to teach new students. Their training is generally incomplete. Why has the shortage of qualified … [Read more...] about Better qualified lecturers needed to improve higher education
In early 2016, a book street was established in downtown Ho Chi Minh City in order to encourage citizens, especially youngsters, to read. The street, located on Nguyen Van Binh Street in District 1, is meant to nurture a reading culture through various activities and highlight the value and significance of books. Some foreigners have shared their point of view on the importance of reading, as well as their personal experience to encourage their children to fall in love with books. Australian Dr. Mike Turner, chair of the Business Department at Broward College Vietnam In Australia, the government supports free libraries in each suburb (district) where children can read books or borrow them and take them home. This is a free service and children can borrow up to five books and keep them for two weeks. The libraries are stocked with books for all ages and all interests. Many children have a library card and use it to borrow books. This means that they can read as many … [Read more...] about How important is it to encourage your children to read?
Students carry out an experiment in a lab of the Tay Nguyen University in the Central Highlands Vietnam needs to develop a science and technology market and get companies to support research to create a momentum for scientific development. Research is mostly funded by the government, but there is not enough money, former vice chairman of the National Assembly's Culture and Education Committee, Nguyen Minh Thuyet, tells Vietweek. Vietweek: Many young people are not keen on research in fundamental science. What should we do to create an interest in it? Nguyen Minh Thuyet: In a country lagging behind others in terms of science and technology like Vietnam, the development of science should be encouraged. Now the number of our scientific research works and patents is still modest. Our scientific research does not factor in production requirements, so it has no momentum for development. In Southeast Asia, we lag behind Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia in scientific research. Most … [Read more...] about Industry needs to encourage scientific research: education official