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In Uncategorized on November 13, 2010 at 1:59 pm

Teachers must be trained living skills

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 7:59 am

It is the first year that the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) decided schools have to operate classes to teach living skills preparation program for the academic year 2010-2011; however, it requires teachers to be trained with educational methodologies and certain knowledge.

Each groups of teachers at a training class  provided by MOET to discuss methodologies and situations of teaching living skills  (Photo: SGGP)

Most schools lack professional teachers to take charge in such classes, so head teachers are assigned to do the job. There hasn’t in fact been a training course for teachers of these classes, especially young teachers.

Teachers in charge of such classes need to be trained to teach living skills, MOET has therefore launched a training course for over 700 teachers from 23 southern provinces in the beginning of the year. Some teachers said it is easy that schools offer extracurricular classes but MOET should verify the role of teachers and effective teaching methodologies.

Headmistress of Tran Khai Nguyen high-school, Nguyen Thi Yen Trinh, said MOET and the Department of Education and Training have just ordered schools t teach life skills among the students, but they didn’t give detailed plan. According to Ms. Trinh, young instructors themselves lack living skills; they are thus confused to bring living skills to the classroom and deal with complicated situation.

Managing board of Tran Khai Nguyen high-school has just invited several experts to provide teaching methodology training to head teachers.

After the course, literature teacher Dinh Thi My Hanh said through the course, teachers could design a lesson in which provide life skills to pupils. Meanwhile, teacher Bui Thi Ngoc Thoan, head teacher of class 11A2 said the training made teachers confident to offer extracurricular classes even in one hour through some forms like dramas, poetry or songs. During the classes, the students were taught to combine presentation and teamwork in different topics.

MOET has issued five documents to teach living skills through teaching subjects literature, biology, geography, lessons for citizenship education or outside lessons. However, students felt bored to receive life skills through main subjects but they showed their enthusiasm to learn living skills under other forms. Tran Khai Nguyen high-school’s 10 grader Dong Thuc said he learned how to resolve contradiction through discussion with friends after watching a drama in class.

Another problem has risen when implementing living skill teaching plan, which is financial problem. According to Tran Khac Huy from the Department of Education and Training, private owned institutes are eager to hold training courses to teachers and students meanwhile public schools are not due to financial difficulties.

Moreover, state-run facilities neglected to provide living skill class but focus on raising graduate number for maintaining its achievements.

Psychologist Vo Van Nam said teachers play an important role in training ethic and behavior of students, especially living skills.

Violence escalated among students and even among teachers who had insulting words to learners. Teachers also lack of living skills.

Mr. Nam said living skills can gradually develop through learning, apprehending and experiencing life. Accordingly schools and the education sector should work out  long-term plans to each instructors.

Source: SGGP

Vietnamese youth see much better living standard

In Uncategorized on June 3, 2010 at 2:07 am

Vietnamese youth see much better living standard

QĐND – Wednesday, June 02, 2010, 21:31 (GMT+7)

Vietnamese youth enjoy a much better standard of living than they did just five years ago, according to the Survey Assessment of Vietnamese Youth released in Hanoi on June 1.

The survey, based on the responses of 10,050 young people aged 14-25 in every city and province in the country, was conducted by the General Department of Population and Family Planning, the General Statistics Office, the Asian Development Bank and the Project on HIV/AIDS Prevention in Young People.

Similar to results in the first survey in 2005, Vietnamese youth reported being optimistic about the country’s rapid development which has given them opportunities and confidence in their future.

The survey results suggested young people had better access to education, jobs, and information than just five years ago. Over 70 percent of respondents thought that their material lives would be better in three years’ time.

Family remained the firmest support for young people, but the survey also gathered extensive information about Vietnamese youth in such areas as health, employment, and awareness and attitudes towards important issues in life.

The new survey also found that the dropout rate, particularly those under 15, was much lower than in the 2005 survey. Nearly 40 percent of the interviewees said “to keep going to school” was their first wish for the next five years, while getting good academic marks was not only their dream but also their parents’ top priority.

The northwest witnessed the lowest rate of young people attending school (86 percent), compared to an overall average of 97 percent.

The survey also saw an increasing trend of pre-marital sex among Vietnamese youth. Almost 10 percent of the interviewees admitted having sex before marriage, while 53 percent of young people living in cities and 34 percent of those living in the countryside said premarital sex was acceptable.

On average young males had sex for the first time at the age of 18.2 while the girls had their first experience only slightly younger, at 18.

The survey also showed that acceptance of homosexual behaviour ranged from 9 percent among uneducated respondents to 24 percent among university graduates.

About 60 percent of Vietnamese youth thought prostitution was immoral, while 20 percent thought prostitution could be understandable in some certain circumstances.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Living standards of ethnic people improved

In Uncategorized on May 14, 2010 at 4:57 pm

Living standards of ethnic people improved

QĐND – Friday, May 14, 2010, 22:30 (GMT+7)

PANO – Living standards of ethnic minority people in the central highlands province of Dac Lac have much improved with every passing year.

After the war, Dac Lac provincial authorities faced a lot of difficulties in stabilising living standards of local ethnic people.

Thanks to the Party and the State’s policies, the province has launched many programs to build infrastructure and create favourable conditions for ethnic people to develop their economy.

These ethnic people have been provided with accommodations, land to develop their farming and other essential facilities for their living.

During the last decade, the province invested more than VND10,000 billion to build and upgrade the infrastructure including road systems, irrigation works and public facilities. More schools and hospitals have been built for ethnic people and many of them have been trained and became members of local authorities. 

The number of poor households in the province has been decreased every year.

At present many programs are under way to help local ethnic people to develop their economy and improve their living standards.

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

Living standards become top priority

In Uncategorized on May 9, 2010 at 4:50 pm

Living standards become top priority

QĐND – Sunday, May 09, 2010, 22:2 (GMT+7)

Macro-economic stability should be made a top priority because it was not only a foundation for reasonable growth this year, but also a prerequisite for long-term sustainable development, policy makers said at a National Assembly Standing Committee meeting yesterday.

Chairman of the National Assembly’s Economics Committee Ha Van Hien pointed out new challenges that the country was facing while striving to reach the target of socio-economic development this year.

Consumer price indices in the first months of the year were high, making it hard for the Government to keep inflation under the target of 7 per cent, Hien said. The price of building materials in February and April rose by 1.75 and 2.51 per cent, respectively, while those of food and drink services in February surged by 3.09 per cent.

Enterprises were finding it difficult to access credit with interest rates as high as 17-18 per cent which would affect growth for the rest of the year, he added.

The circle “Trade deficit-dong devaluation-inflation-pressure to adjust foreign exchange” would continue challenging macro-economic stabilisation, he worried.

To deal with the challenges, Minister of Planning and Investment Vo Hong Phuc highlighted measures to be taken from now until the end of the year. The measures included reining in inflation and ensuring the safety of banking and financial systems.

The Government would also encourage people and enterprises to practise thrift in production and consumption to curb inflation, Phuc added.

Dinh Trinh Hai, deputy head of the NA’s Finance-Budget Committee, said that in 2009, the Government had budgeted for State spending of VND389.9 trillion (US$20.5 billion), but in fact, the actual figure was 8.5 per cent higher.

In April, the total expenditure of the State was VND175 trillion ($9.2 billion), 30 per cent higher than budgeted for.

Hai said that most of the actual figures were higher than those reported to the National Assembly, which would negatively reflect on the assembly’s decisions and policies.

Sharing the same point, chairman of the NA Ombudsmen Committee Tran The Vuong said that the differences between budgets and actual figures were too large. He asked the Government to tackle forecasting errors.

“There are some Government policies that lead to increased expenditure because when the Government makes its estimates, it does not take into account problems that could arise related to them.”

“For example, the Government’s decision to increase compensation for farmers who lose their land makes province leaders confused because if they follow the decision, they cannot attract investors due to higher costs they have to pay,” Vuong said.

Chairman of the NA’s Council of Ethnic Minorities Ksor Phuoc stressed his concerns over estimates and statistical reports.

Phuoc said that this year, the country would hold many festivals which would cost a lot of money.

He suggested that the Government compile detailed reports on the expense of festivals from provincial to central levels. “Whether it is waste or not, it depends on us.”

Hien said that weakness in issuing forecasts would influence decisions to deal with State overspending, on plans for following years and other areas.

Also on the same day, Deputy Prime Minister Pham Gia Khiem and Party Central Committee Secretary Ha Thi Khiet held separate meetings with voters of Da Nang City and Tuyen Quang Province in preparation for the 7th plenum of the 12th National Assembly.

Source: VNS

Source: QDND