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Gov’t ups education budget, support for ethnic minorities

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:08 am




Gov’t ups education budget, support for ethnic minorities


QĐND – Tuesday, January 04, 2011, 20:42 (GMT+7)

The education budget will be 2.9 percent higher this year at 5 trillion VND (256 million USD), according to the Ministry of Education and Training.


Nguyen Van Ngu, head of the Ministry’s Finance and Planning Department, said it would fund 100 percent of normal expenses by high schools and pre-university training schools for ethnic minorities, which are free.


This includes 2.8 billion VND (143,600 USD) for scholarships and allowances for the students, according to Ngu.


While public universities and colleges offering economics and finance streams will be provided funds for all their normal as well as one-off expenses, those offering other streams will be subsidised in part.


The amount earmarked for regular expenses is around 4.2 trillion VND, an increase of 11.9 percent over 2010.


The amount to be spent on training a student will increase by at least 17 percent at the university and college levels and 52 percent at the doctoral level.


More than 99 billion VND will be earmarked for the Ministry’s advanced programmes.


The HCM City and Hanoi Open Universities , National Economics University , Hanoi University , Foreign Trade University , and the HCM City University of Economics will get a total of 38 billion VND (1.9 million USD) for buying equipment and building facilities.


Viet-Duc University and the University of Sciences and Technology in Hanoi will get 28 billion VND.


“Universities and colleges are in better financial shape now after tuition and enrollment fees were raised in 2010,” Ngu added.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

World Bank steps up support for Vietnam’s higher education

In Uncategorized on December 17, 2010 at 8:27 am

The World Bank and the State Bank of Vietnam on Thursday signed a financing agreement and related legal documents for the Higher Education Development Policy Credit valued at US$50 million.
 
The credit is provided by the International Development Association, the arm of the World Bank that helps the world’s poorest countries.


The program as a whole is designed to support implementation of the Vietnamese government’s higher education reform agenda. This operation aims to strengthen governance and accountability, rationalize financing, improve quality of teaching and research, and enhance transparency in financial management within the higher education sector. 


Addressing the signing ceremony, Ms. Victoria Kwakwa, the World Bank Country Director for Vietnam, said: “Further progress in  access to, and quality of education and training at all levels is critical for achieving Vietnam’s development objectives and in particular its objective to build the skills needed to raise the competitiveness of its economy.”

Source: SGGP

Denmark to fund art education in primary schools in Vietnam

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:56 am

The government of Denmark approved a fund of 3.900,000 DKK (USD692) for the promotion of art education in primary schools in Vietnam.

Pham Vu Luan, Minister of Education and Training and John Nielsen, Ambassador of Denmark, sign an agreement which provides Danish support for arts education in primary schools in Vietnam  from 2011 – 2015 ( Photo: Courtesy of Denmark Embassy)

Pham Vu Luan, Minister of Education and Training and John Nielsen, Ambassador of Denmark December 14 signed an agreement which provides Danish support for arts education in primary schools in Vietnam  from 2011 – 2015.


An earlier pilot project implementing a new approach to arts education in six different provinces in Northern Vietnam has been tremendously successful.


Support to Arts Education in Primary Schools has brought a new learner centred approach to develop the creative skills of Vietnamese children. This method focuses on a child’s cognitive thinking and draws active participation.


The aim of the new program is to apply new methods and materials in primary schools in Vietnam and develop a focused approach towards art education in primary schools. The program would follow a national curriculum of art education in primary schools which would be more learner-focused.


The signing of the agreement comes after a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which was signed by the Vietnamese and Danish minister of education and training. The MoU signifies the broad scale of educational activities between Vietnam and Denmark.


During the signing ceremony, Mr. Pham Vu Luan expressed his pleasure with the results of the early phase of the project and hoped that this innovative approach towards teaching could be applied in other subjects in schools in future.


The Danish Ambassador John Nielsen stated that the first phase of the project had been highly successful and that he was pleased to see that the agreement added another milestone to the increasing cooperation between Vietnam and Denmark in the field of education.

Source: SGGP

Universities ask ministry to announce results of education quality evaluation

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:40 am

The Ministry of Education and Training has to make a public announcement on results of the evaluation of education quality at 40 universities, launch clear policies on national educational evaluation expense, delegates from more than 70 universities nationwide proposed the ministry at the preliminary wrap-up report of education quality accreditation at universities in Ho Chi Minh on November 30.

Deputy principal of Can Tho Univerisity, PhD Do Van Xe, speaks at the seminar. (Photo: Sggp)

The Ministry of Education and Training has previously asked universities, colleges and vocational training intermediate schools throughout the country to carry out internal and external evaluations of the educational quality and send their reports to the ministry.

According to the ministry’s statistics, 237 universities, colleges and vocational training intermediate schools to self-evaluate and send their reports in November. Among them, 40 universities have made external accreditation.

However the ministry has not unveiled the results of the education quality evaluation of schools, especially the list of 40 universities.

Most of delegates also expressed their problem on the evaluation expense which has been donated so far by schools’ administrators and teachers.

Mr. Bui Anh Tuan, Head of the Department of Examination and Education Quality Assessment under the Ministry, said that the Ministry of Education and Training will announce the list of schools after completing legal documents and cooperate with the Ministry of Finance to consider the education quality accreditation.

Source: SGGP

WB steps up support for Vietnam’s higher education reform agenda

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:39 am

The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors has approved US$50 million for Vietnam’s higher education development policy program.


WB agreed November 30 additional support for the sustained implementation of the government’s reform agenda for the second operation in a programmatic series of three credits.

Students at a lecture hall. WB decides to give additional support for Vietnam’s  higher education development policy program

The credit is provided by the International Development Association (IDA) – the part of the World Bank that helps the world’s poorest countries.


The program as a whole is designed to support the Government’s implementation of its “Socio-Economic Development Plan 2006-2010” and its “higher education reform agenda”. 


This operation aims at to strengthen governance, rationalize financing, improve the quality of teaching and research, improve accountability for performance, and enhance transparency in financial management within the higher education sector. 


“The operation supports a number of policy measures that are being put in place by the Government, aimed at modernizing and improving the efficiency of Vietnam’s higher education system,” said Victoria Kwakwa, the World Bank’s Country Director for Vietnam. “The reform program will help tertiary institutions in Vietnam begin to meet growing demand for better quality higher education, including through greater private participation in higher education provision.”


The education sector in Vietnam has expanded rapidly, with the fastest growth taking place at the upper levels of education.  As a result of these enrollment and demographic trends, gross and net enrolment rates have continued to increase for all education levels.  Higher education coverage, though, remains relatively low.

Source: SGGP

17mln USD to be spent on education for minority groups

In Uncategorized on November 26, 2010 at 1:50 pm




17mln USD to be spent on education for minority groups


QĐND – Friday, November 26, 2010, 20:40 (GMT+7)

The Prime Minister has approved a 341 billion VND (17 million USD) project to improve educational facilities and training standards for students from nine minority groups with low populations from 2010-15.


The investment would help students to work their way out of poverty while preserving their own traditional identity, said Mong Ky Slay, head of the Ethnic Minority Education Department under the Ministry of Education and Training.


A ministry report showed that the nine groups live in poor disadvantaged areas, where literacy levels are between just 30-40 percent and only 15 percent of the people can speak the national language. Most children from the groups drop out of school after second or third grade and few make it to high school or higher education.


The project will focus on upgrading infrastructure and equipping schools with more teaching materials.


It will also pay for training to give teachers a better understanding of the minority groups they teach.


Each poor pre-school student will be entitled to 30 percent of the government minimum salary per month, which currently stands at 730,000 VND (37.5 USD).


Pupils enrolled in primary schools will receive assistance of 40-60 percent, students in secondary boarding schools will receive 60 percent while students at boarding high schools will receive 100 percent of the minimum salary.


All the students will be encouraged to follow further education and high school graduates wishing to attend colleges, universities or vocational schools will be given priority depending on their abilities and desires.


Van Trong Luu, deputy head of Kon Tum province’s Minority Group Education Management Division said that students from the Brau and Bo Mam ethnic groups have been given care and support under Government and provincial policies including scholarships and meals.


However, those students are included in a socio-economic development programme for remote disadvantaged areas whereas this project is the first of its kind aimed at minority groups with low populations.


The project will support the O Du, Pu Peo, Si La, Ro Nam, Cong, B’rau, Bo Y, Mang and Co Lao groups from the provinces of Lao Cai, Ha Giang, Dien Bien, Lai Chau, central Nghe An and the Central Highland province of Kon Tum; each has a population of 300-2,000 people.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Education officials ordered to prevent students’ fights

In Uncategorized on November 26, 2010 at 11:20 am

The Ministry of Education and Training has asked the departments of Education and Training in cities and provinces to crack down on fights among high-school students nationwide that have reached an alarming level. 

(File) School girls fight in a street

The ministry asked its departments to raise students’ awareness of these wrongdoings as well as implement measures to impede violent fights among them.


The departments are required to work with police, parents associations, youth unions, and other relevant agencies in their efforts.


Measures should be effective in preventing violent fights and strict penalties should be imposed to deter them from violating regulations, said the ministry.


The ministry also inquired detailed reports of fights among students in the first semester of the academic year 2010-2011. Departments must send reports to the ministry no later than December 15.


Public concerns about students’ participation in fights have been raised recently as more fights took place. The ministry’s statistic showed that approximately 1,598 fights broke out in the country since the academic year 2009-2010. Schools have sent warning messages to 1,558 students, forced 735 students to leave schools in a short time.

Source: SGGP

UN, Education Ministry mark Teachers Day

In Uncategorized on November 20, 2010 at 4:14 pm

Crowds praise teachers for contributions in education

In Uncategorized on November 20, 2010 at 8:13 am

Vietnam’s education ministry, UN mark Teacher Days

In Uncategorized on November 20, 2010 at 6:42 am