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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

State Bank tries to prevent banks from increasing their interest rates

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 10:04 am

The State Bank of Vietnam has ordered its branches to monitor all other banks that have an interest rate higher than 14 percent a year.

The State Bank is trying to prevent banks increasing interest rates

On Wednesday, Vietnam Technological and Commercial Joint Stock Bank (Techcombank) raised its one month interest rate to 17 percent per year, which will apply from 8-10 December with deposits of more than VND100 million.  As soon as this happen, other joint stock banks, also changed their interest rates to 17.5 and 18 percent a year.

Specifically, the floating interest rate of 36 month deposit of a bank was rebounded up to 18 percent a year, for all deposits over VND5 million.

Ho Huu Hanh, director of the State Bank of Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City, said he has asked four delegations to investigate the banks about the skyrocketing interest rate.

This discision immediately made some banks reduce their interest rate from 17-18 to 14 percent a year.

An official from Techcombank said, “That it had not increased the interest rate of savings deposit to 17 percent, but it was only a promotional program for those long term customers”.

Furthermore, the State Bank in Hanoi has expressed their disagreement with the rising interest rate, saying it that it gave some banks an unreasonable advantage, which may lead to unfair competition.

Techcombank’s action had lead to a movement of deposits from other banks, forcing them to elevate their interest rates.

Meanwhile, Nguyen Duc Vinh, general director of Techcombank, admitted his bank had not being able to anticipate this affect, and has promised to cancel the program.

After the meeting, thousand of banks, agreed to lower their rate to 14 percent a year.

A spokesperson from the State Bank said, “The inflation rate this year will not exceed 12 percent, so, there is no reason for banks to raise their interest rate to 17-18 percent a year”.

In a related move, the State Bank has pledged to provide loans to smaller banks. All these banks require is to present their credit contracts, to the State Bank, to approve their for loans.

However, a joint stock bank’s leader said, “Some small banks are afraid to borrow capital, because they will be closely monitored by the State Bank, and this will lead to the larger banks raising their interest rates again”.

Source: SGGP

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

New generations must prevent global conflicts – Russian president

In Uncategorized on May 10, 2010 at 12:44 am

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Sunday that young generations must prevent new global conflicts and work on ensuring peace and cooperation between countries, RIA-Novosti reported.

Russian Su-25 fighter jets paint Russian flag over St. Basil’s cathedral during the Victory Day parade in Moscow on May 9, 2010.

Medvedev addressed the guests of an official reception at the Kremlin dedicated to the celebrations of the 65th anniversary of the Allied victory in the World War II, which is referred to in Russia as the Great Patriotic War.

“The Great Victory teaches us to preserve peace…The duty of the modern generation is to prevent new global conflicts and apply all possible efforts to make good-heartedness, cooperation, and good neighborliness the only possible foundation of relations between countries,” the Russian president said.

The reception was attended by 21 foreign leaders, including Chinese President Hu Jintao, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the heads of state of almost all the ex-Soviet nations.

Medvedev expressed gratitude to WWII veterans for their heroism and enormous effort that preserved the freedom and the sovereignty of the Russian people.

Russia is celebrating on Sunday the 65th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany in World War II, referred to as the Great Patriotic War in former Soviet states,  with a grandiose military parade on Red Square. 

The parade involves a procession of military personnel from all branches of the Russian Armed Forces, guest units from nine CIS countries, the United States, Great Britain, France and Poland, and a large military orchestra, followed by displays of military hardware and a flyover by combat aircraft.

Over 10,500 servicemen and more than 150 pieces of land-based military equipment are taking part in the Moscow parade.

A total of 165 combat aircraft will fly over Red Square, with some of them grouping to form the number 65.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other heads of state participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow on May 9, 2010.

Russian WWII veterans smile and embrace while celebrating the 65th anniversary of Victory Day in Moscow on May 9, 2010.


A Russian WWII veteran and a boy near a fountain while celebrating the 65th anniversary of Victory Day in Moscow on May 9, 2010

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (R) speaks with WWII veterans during a reception at the Kremlin after the Victory Day parade in Moscow on May 9, 2010.

Russian howitzers fire a salute during the Victory Day parade in Moscow on May 9, 2010.





Source: SGGP

World Vision helps prevent trafficking

In Uncategorized on August 24, 2008 at 3:56 pm

Quang Tri (VNA) – Quang Tri authorities have approved a project to help prevent trafficking of women and children in Trieu Phong district.

The project has received 72,150 USD in funding from World Vision International.

The project, which will run until mid-2011, focuses on strengthening the community’s capacity to prevent trafficking, and support victims.-