HA NOI The country s leaders and former teachers and students met yesterday in the capital city to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the first school for southern students in the north.
The schools were set up in the north of Viet Nam from 1954 to 1972 to train southern students in northern areas such as Hai Phong City and Thanh Hoa, Thai Binh and Ha Nam provinces. While the north of Viet Nam had gained independence in 1954, the south was still battling with the enemy.
The schools were designed to prepare future human resources for the south after liberation. National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Phu Trong said "the schools were the result of a lucid policy demontrating the far-sighted strategic vision of the Party, State and President Ho Chi Minh."
The schools trained more than 30,000 students in 28 years including 15,000 who went on to university and postgraduate courses. Many of them are now high-ranking officials of the Party, Government and localities.
Deputy PM and Minister of Education and Training Nguyen Thien Nhan said the students of the schools had contributed greatly to the country s unification, building and development, adding that the schools constituted a good example that even in a difficult situation, investment in education was important.
PM says destruction of old villas must stop
HA NOI Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has ordered the People s Committee of Ha Noi to stop the demolition of ancient villas to build high-rise buildings in down-town districts.
The decision was included in the Conclusion of the Prime Minister for the Capital Construction Planning to 2025 with a vision to 2030.
The conclusion also said that the municipal authorities must carry out research into the restoration of the Old Quarter in order to preserve its typical architectural characteristics. The restoration needs to ensure that requirements on construction, green spaces and traffic are met.
The Prime Minister also required the plan to ensure a balanced development of urban and rural areas and maintain the traditional cultural characteristics of rural areas.
In the meantime, the Ministry of Construction has been assigned to co-operate with the municipal People s Committee to instruct a consultant unit to research planning for Government offices in My Dinh area. VNS