DTiNews's top ten education stories of 2011

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DTiNews's top ten education stories of 2011

Dantri/DTiNews has selected a top ten list of education events of Vietnam in 2011.

15th founding ceremony of Vietnam Study Promotion Society

Set up on October 2, 1996, during its 15-years in operation, the Vietnam Study Promotion Society has made remarkable strides in its mission. The society has funded more than VND10 trillion (USD476.2 million) for more than 10 million scholarships, as well as grants for teachers and students nationwide.

Vietnamese Talent Awards, 2011


SIG group receiving the second prize for iCompanion information service
at Vietnamese Talents Awards 2011

Vietnamese Talents Awards was first launched in 2005, and has been expanded from focusing only on IT to the areas of natural sciences and health.

The ceremony for the Vietnamese Talent Awards, 2011 was held on November 20, honouring individuals and organisations in the fields of IT, natural sciences and health. Professors Nguyen Van Do and Tran Duc Thiep from the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology’s Institute of Physics received a prize for their joint research on nuclear physics. The two prizes in the health sector were granted to Viet Duc Hospital for its research on liver, kidney and heart transplants, and Hue Central Hospital for its successful heart transplant, which was made possible by a donation from a brain dead patient.

IT wards were presented in two areas, products which have been applied, and those with potential application.

The second prize was granted for iCompanion information service and knowledge system in the group of products with potential application. No IT product received the first prize.

The offering of seniority allowances for teachers

The Government decided to offer seniority allowances for teachers starting on September 1. This has helped to increase teachers’ incomes by VND465,000 (USD22.1) per month. According to Bui Manh Nhi, Director of the Ministry of Education and Training’s Personnel Organisation Department, these allowances will help offset the rapidly increasing price of living.

Dantri/DTiNews readers donate to build a bridge for students in Quang Binh

In mid-September 2011, after, receiving complaints of many teachers in Trong Hoa Commune, Minh Hoa District, Quang Binh Province about the situation of local students who had to swim across a river to go to school, Dantri/DTiNews reporters came to the commune to give their situation publicity.

After reading the articles, many readers contacted Dantri/DTiNews to ask how they could help. The outcome was a combined contribution of VND1.2 billion (USD57,142) for the construction of a new bridge.

Mekong Delta’s high school graduation exam marks

While localities nationwide announced their results for high school graduation exams, one brave teacher sent a letter to newspapers revealing that 11 cities and provinces in the Mekong Delta region had agreed to falsify exam results by modifying the standards issued by the Ministry of Education.

The ministry confirmed that it was a violation for the localities to use their own criteria for the tests. However, since the students had not done anything wrong, the ministry decided not to retest them and kept their results unchanged.

MoET rejects proposal on lower minimum marks for university entrance exam

The Association of Non-State Universities proposed lowering of the bar for university and college entrance exams in 2011, for fear they might have to close their doors because of a lack of qualified students. MoET decided to keep the minimum mark unchanged.

Nam Dinh says “no’ to graduates from private universities

The chairman of Nam Dinh Province People’s Committee, Nguyen Van Tuan announced that the province will not recruit bachelors from private universities for its state-owned agencies. The announcement has faced strong public opposition. According to provincial authorities, private university graduates are not qualified, and their abilities are not on par with graduates from State-run schools.

Professor Dao Trong Thi, Chairman of the National Assembly’s Committee for Culture, Education, Youth and Children said, Nam Dinh blatantly violated the law that stipulates there must be no discrimination against graduates from private universities.

Preschool teachers complain about low salary

More than 60 pre-school teachers of Mau Lam and Thanh Tan communes in Nhu Hoa District, Thanh Hoa Province, stopped working in September, demanding a raise from provincial authorities. Representatives from the Thanh Hoa Department of Education and Training worked with the schools to resolve the situation.

By September 2011, Thanh Hoa had over 10,000 pre-school teachers who were not recoganised as state employees, and received very low salaries.

In November, the provincial People’s Council decided to turn 525 private pre-schools into public schools. As a result 8,053 teachers were formally recoganised as state-employees and received an increase in salary.

Teacher training development programme approved

Minister of Education and Training, Pham Vu Luan, approved a programme to develop teacher training schools in the period 2011-2020, aiming to increase both teacher quality. The programme will be carried out in two phases, with the first lasting from 2011 to 2015, and the second from 2016 to 2020.

Poor student’s essay touches the hearts of millions

Nguyen Trung Hieu, a 11th grader at Hanoi-Amsterdam High School in Hanoi, wrote an essay about his opinions on the role of money in life, which was widely circulated, touching many. He used his personal experience to write the essay, which was in the form of a letter to his mother. The 'letter' received many responses and was published in a number of popular newspapers.

Through Dantri, many readers and organisations showed their sympathy with Hieu, including Nguyen Thi Doan, Vice President, and the Study Promotion Fund's “Comrades' hands”.

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