Ministry targets pre-school universalisation by 2015
The Ministry of Education and Training has set a target of universalising pre-school education for children aged five by 2015.
It will also strive to ensure 70 per cent of elementary school students, 30 per cent of secondary students, and 25 per cent of high-school students study two periods a day by then.
It wants to attract 15 per cent of high-school graduates to vocational streams by 2015 and ensure 95 per cent of students graduating from vocational schools find employment.
Thanh Nien (Yong People)
Steel consumption falls in first four months of the year
Steel consumption in the first four months topped 1.58 million tonnes, slightly down from the same period last year, according to the Viet Nam Steel Association.
In April alone it was down nearly 15 per cent to 443,000 tonnes, it said, blaming the fall on the slowdown in construction work and the suspension of many key public projects.
The Ministry of Industry and Trade said because of the current problems, many steel firms were operating at just 50-60 per cent of capacity.
Nhan Dan (The People)
Work starts on Binh Duong poultry farm
Work began on a hi-tech poultry breeding facility in Binh Duong Province's Tan Uyen District on Wednesday.
Being built by Ba Huan Company, the VND178 billion (US$8.5 million) facility will be ready in 12 months when it will supply 62.5 million eggs a year and 775,000 breeder chickens.
It is expected to help keep down the prices of eggs and poultry meat for HCM City's price stabilisation programme.
Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon)
Chinese visitors take advantage of direct flights to Da Nang
The central port city of Da Nang has welcomed nearly 60,000 Chinese visitors in the year to date, around 30 per cent higher than in the same period last year, according to its Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
The increase in direct flights between China and Da Nang has enabled more people to arrive.
The department says more than 200,000 international visitors have visited the city this year.
Lao Dong (Labour)