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Ministry moves to prevent drop-outs

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:03 am

Ministry moves to prevent drop-outs

QĐND – Tuesday, January 11, 2011, 21:34 (GMT+7)

The Department of Student Activities has asked teachers to keep a close watch on students in danger of dropping out of school after Lunar New Year Festival, which falls on early February this year.

Every year as many as 30 per cent of students across the country drop out of school at this time, the start of Spring, according to Nguyen Dinh Manh, deputy director of the Ministry of Education and Training’s Department of Students Activities.

“Our policy is not to let students leave schools because they lack money or books,” he said.

Schools with poor students must report to district departments so that support can be given in the form of school fees, books or free lunches.

“If district authorities do not have enough funds, they can ask the Department of Students Activities for support,” said Manh, adding that People’s Committees in wards have the responsibility of getting students back to class.

“If students get bad marks in the first term, school managing boards can consider letting them do the test again,” he said.

Manh added that local authorities could also arrange for some students to continue their studies in vocational training schools.

Educational experts say that the number of students dropping out of schools generally increases after Lunar New Year Festival.

By the end of November, more than 7 percent of students nationwide had already left.

The provinces with most dropouts include Long An, An Giang, Dong Thap, Soc Trang and Bac Lieu.

“In the North, Thanh Hoa province has the highest number of students dropping out of schools,” said Manh.

Last school year more than 1,000 of students in the province left after Tet.

Nguyen Tai Hiep, principal of the Cam Ba Thuoc High School in Thuong Xuan district in Thanh Hoa, said that last school year, 130 students in his school dropped out after the first term.

“They were from poor, remote communes and found it beyond their means to rent accommodation,” he said.

Hiep said some students also found it difficult to learn – 9th, 10th or 11th graders who wanted to find jobs and earn money to help their parents.

“This school year, families in central provinces have little money after the storms destroyed their livelihoods and found it difficult to pay for schooling” he said.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Ministry agrees to cut import tax on gas

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2010 at 4:25 am

Ministry agrees to cut import tax on gas

QĐND – Tuesday, December 21, 2010, 21:8 (GMT+7)

The Ministry of Finance has cut import tax on gas from 5 percent to 2 percent to stabilise the domestic gas market.

The new tariff came into effect on Dec. 17 and gas retailers PV Gas, Petrolimex Gas, Sai Gon Petro Gas, Vinagas and Gia Dinh Gas immediately cut their retail price by 8,000 VND (0.38 USD) on 12kg canisters.

The move comes at the end of a year when the price of gas in Vietnam rose seven times so far this year. Before the cut, retail prices for canisters ranged from 330,000 VND (15.71 USD) to 360,000 VND (17.14 USD) depending on the brand.

The Vietnam Gas Association originally proposed the tax cut after rises in the world’s gas price led to similar increases on the domestic market.

Gas world prices have raised about 200 USD to roughly 1,000 USD per tonne this month.

The gas association’s chairman Nguyen Sy Thang said dependence on imports makes doing business difficult for gas traders. Without tax cuts, domestic gas prices will continue to rise.

The country currently imports roughly 60 percent of its total gas needs.

Thang also said that the import tax rate of 5 percent had been set by the Ministry of Finance when the world gas price was 200 USD per tonne but with prices now at 1,000 USD per tonne, the previous tax rate was too high.

Earlier this month, the country’s largest gas provider PV Gas offered discounts of 5,000 VND on 12kg canisters to stabilise the domestic gas market. The price cut was made possible by domestic supply from the Dung Quat Oil Refinery.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Coal prices, electric rates to stay stable, vows ministry

In Uncategorized on December 21, 2010 at 9:30 am

Coal prices, electric rates to stay stable, vows ministry

QĐND – Monday, December 20, 2010, 21:26 (GMT+7)

Coal and power prices would not go up in the first quarter of 2011, said the head of the Ministry of Finance (MoF) Price Management Department, Nguyen Tien Thoa.

The ministry had taken the decision because prices of these two utilities often had a knock-on effect on other goods and services, which could lead to an unwanted general price rise, said Thoa at a press conference on Friday.

“Price fluctuations often occur at the end of the year owing to increased demand. Therefore, from now until early next year, MoF will focus on resolving difficulties in production. We want to balance supply and demand and to avoid any shortages, essentially in underprivileged areas.”

According to the General Statistics Office, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) is likely to hit 11 percent this year. Thoa said weaknesses of the economy had played a part in the increase.

”Growth depends mainly on increased investment but investment remains inefficient and competitiveness is low,” said Thoa at the press conference.

He added that the Ministry of Finance (MoF) had taken numerous steps to help stabilise prices.

“For example, MoF has instructed localities to use local standby budgets to provide non-interest capital for enterprises that trade reserved commodities; this will allow them to sell items at prices 5-10 percent lower than the usual market price,” Thoa said.

Thoa added that MoF had informed localities to delay the purchase of non-essential items to minimise demand-pull inflation.

“These classic solutions are significant if we want price stabilisation.”

MoF’s recent inspections in HCM City and several other southern provinces revealed that these localities had already stockpiled enough essential goods to meet local needs. Localities had also set up sales and distribution networks to better service underprivileged areas.

Thoa added the MoF had provided financial support to help regions facing severe weather to recover short-term vegetable crops and had urged local farmers not to export pigs, which were essential for the New Year holiday.

Forecasts predicted further economic recovery next year, which would lead to the increased demand for production inputs, and have an impact on prices.

“To that end, MoF will continue reforming the market-oriented pricing management mechanism, and respect enterprise and trader’s rights to set their own prices and forms of competition by replacing Pricing Ordinance by Pricing Law,” said Thoa.

“Next year, implementation of the market price scheme should be incorporated into the completion of the goods and service logistics system. We should also strive to reduce production costs and implement policies which ensure underprivileged households have access to basic social services including education, healthcare, and housing.”

Ensuring supplies

Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Ho Thi Kim Thoa discussed measures aimed at market stability and ensuring adequate supplies of essential goods during Tet in meeting with officials from the HCM City Department of Industry and Trade last Thursday.

Department deputy director, Le Anh Dao, said firms had stockpiled 15,800 tonnes of rice and sticky rice, almost twice the quantity originally planned for. They had also put aside 9,800 tonnes of sugar (233 percent of the plan), 14,500 tonnes of meat, 5,200 tonnes of fruits and vegetables; and 55 million eggs.

At present, the Co.op Mart supermarket chain has stocks valued at 30 percent more than their planned value.

And it isn’t just firms that have signed up for a city price stabilisation programme that are stocking up; other companies are preparing for the year’s biggest festival which falls in early February this time.

German supermarket chain Metro has food stocks worth 1.1 trillion VND (56.4 million USD).

French supermarket Big C also has large stocks and has promised to keep prices and supply relatively stable for the next two months.

The MoIT has instructed the Department to continue working closely with firms to keep prices of goods like petrol, cement, and food stable during Tet.

Besides the eight essential goods targeted under the programme, authorities should also ensure adequate supply of cakes, candies, and jams for the Lunar New Year, Thoa said.

He said cities needed to ensure that all markets sell goods covered by the price stabilisation programme.

The Department of Transport should also give rush hour priority to vehicles delivering to supermarkets and shopping malls.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Ministry, military-run telecom extend school internet project

In Uncategorized on December 21, 2010 at 9:29 am

Ministry, military-run telecom extend school internet project

QĐND – Monday, December 20, 2010, 21:26 (GMT+7)

All education and training institutions with electricity in Vietnam have free access to the internet, said head of the Ministry of Education and Training’s Information and Technology Department Quach Tuan Ngoc.

Ngoc made the statement on Dec. 18 at a conference in Hanoi where the ministry and the military-run telecom group Viettel reviewed their joint two-year internet connection for education programme.

“The result means that Vietnam is one of a few countries in the world where all schools have access to internet,” Ngoc said.

He added that the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation (SEAMEO) had last month praised Vietnam ‘s IT developments in the education and training sector.

The country has come a long way since a report released in 2008 placed Vietnam alongside Laos , Cambodia and Myanmar in the group with the least developed IT sectors.

The joint programme launched by Ministry of Education and Training and Viettel in September 2008 has provided internet to nearly 29,600 education institutions nationwide. Of these, over 21,000 are now connected to broadband internet through leased line technology, ADSL and third generation technology.

Under the programme, Viettel has provided preferential internet and mobile services policies to teachers and students.

Ngoc said internet access had helped narrow the gap between urban and rural areas.

Director of Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) province of Dak Lak Phan Hong said the connection helped teachers improve their teaching method and required students to be more active learners.

Viettel deputy director Nguyen Manh Hung said the programme focused on kindergartens, primary, secondary and high schools and universities and management units.

The Minister of Education and Training Pham Vu Luan said the sector should be more active and creative to further develop the programme.

“We hope that enterprises, organisations and individuals will continue to develop information and technology application in the sector,” Luan said.

During the two-day conference, the ministry and Viettel signed an agreement in which they promised to continue implementing the programme.

The two sides will invest in equipment, e-books and e-learning.

It is estimated that over 25 million teachers and students have already accessed the internet.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Ministry issues new alert on food safety

In Uncategorized on December 17, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Ministry issues new alert on food safety

QĐND – Friday, December 17, 2010, 20:53 (GMT+7)

The Health Ministry has requested all provinces and cities to strengthen food safety and hygiene activities nationwide by promoting awareness and inspection programmes during the new year festival.

“Consumer demand increases ten-fold during the new year, especially over the traditional holiday period,” said deputy head of the ministry’s Vietnam Food Administration Nguyen Thanh Phong at a press conference in Hanoi Dec. 16.

“To ensure food safety and hygiene during the festive season, we will boost awareness activities targeting food producers, traders and consumers,” he said.

He also added that six inter-sectoral inspection groups would be set up to supervise food safety at markets in Hanoi, HCM City and provinces with border gates.

According to the administration, the country has reported 173 food poisoning cases this year, less than the average annual number of 200 over the last decade. Eighteen cases were reported with 323 people infected during the last quarter of 2010, of which four died due to eating puffer fish.

“Food poisoning is showing signs of reduction as compared with the same period in 2009, however 60 percent of the cases were in domestic outbreaks,” said Phong.

“Most poisoning outbreaks related to poor food preservation or natural toxins found in mushrooms, puffer fish and toads,” added Phong.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

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

Ministry to suspend enrollment of violated universities, colleges

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

Schools will be suspended from enrolling new students if they don’t organize enrollment for three years in succession, according to the latest draft decision on conditions, standards, processes, procedures of establishment of faculties and enrollment at university and college launched by the Ministry of Education and Training on November 30.

In addition, schools will be also suspended from enrollment if they fall into one of the following infringement cases: cheating in establishment of faculties, breaking regulations on training and management; not meeting infrastructure and training standards in accordance with the ministry’s rules; violating the law on education.

Source: SGGP

UN, Education Ministry mark Teachers Day

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

Vietnam’s education ministry, UN mark Teacher Days

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

Ministry to closely supervise building red mud reservoir of controversial bauxite project

In Uncategorized on November 6, 2010 at 5:19 am