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Former Vietnamese teachers prosecuted for leaking questions before national graduation exam

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The Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security announced on Friday night the legal proceedings against two former teachers in Hanoi for the investigation of leaking questions of the biology subject at the national high school graduation exam in 2021.

Pham Thi My, a former teacher at a school under the Hanoi National University of Education, has been arrested and prosecuted for “abusing positions and powers while performing official duties.”

Bui Van Sam, My’s former colleague, has been sued and forbidden to leave his place of residence for the same accusation.

The legal actions against My and Sam received the approval of the Supreme People’s Procuracy.

According to the indictment, in 2021, Dinh Duc Hien, a math and biology teacher at the Hanoi-based HOCMAI online learning platform, reported to competent authorities about the similarity between the questions of the biology subject of that year’s national high school graduation exam and those given by Phan Khac Nghe, deputy principal of Ha Tinh High School for the Gifted, to his students for reviewing before the exam.

As Hien’s report quickly gained the public attention, the Ministry of Public Security requested the Ministry of Education and Training to set up an interdisciplinary working group to verify the case.

The working group then discovered “some unusual signs during the process of building the bank of questions” for the 2021 national high school graduation exam.

In Vietnam, the national high school graduation exam, considered as one of the most important events in the life of every student, is organized in July every year for 12th graders and independent candidates. 

The exam results are used for both high school graduation and enrollment in universities and junior colleges.

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Vietnam minister proposes making middle school free next year

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Vietnamese Minister of Education and Training Nguyen Kim Son has proposed that education fees be waived for all public middle schools across the country.

The education minister put forward the proposal during an online conference with central- and local-level leaders on Monday morning.

Son expects that his proposal will benefit students from grade sixth to ninth starting the 2022-23 school year, which is set to begin in less than two months.

He requested the education ministry’s sub-units to work with the Ministry of Finance on evaluating the impacts of the proposed tuition exemption and calculating the state budget needed for this plan. 

Such tuition exemption is not a new proposition of the Ministry of Education and Training. 

In 2016, the government assigned the ministry to coordinate with the finance ministry in drawing up a similar scheme with a specific timeline while prioritizing investments for kindergarten and elementary education.

Vietnam has made elementary school compulsory and tuition-free for all children aged six to 11.

Hai Phong City is the first locality in the country to have provided free education for children from kindergarten to middle school levels from the 2020-21 school year and those in high school starting the 2021-22 school year.

At Monday’s meeting, Son also reported on the education ministry’s preparations for the national high school graduation examination, to be organized for 12th graders and independent candidates on July 7 and 8.

Considered as one of the most important events in the life of every school student, the exam results are used for both high school graduation and enrollment in universities and junior colleges.

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A summer of fun and learning for Ho Chi Minh City children

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Children from across Ho Chi Minh City have spent their first few weeks of summer visiting the children’s section of the General Sciences Library, located in downtown District 1, to read in a comfortable environment and participate in a variety of clubs and activities.

Nguyen Ngoc Lan, a fifth grader from District 3, has spent nearly the entire week at the library eagerly reading books and participating in the dozens of activities hosted by staff and guests there, including storytelling sessions and advice on choosing new books to read.

New books, new activities

Lan did not have much love for reading when her mother first brought her to the library, but the time the young girl has spent making new friends and enjoying the library’s activities has turned her into a true bookworm with a particular interest in outer space and comics.

Fourth grader Viet Quan and his sister, first grader Huong Thanh, have also been spending their mornings at the library.

The siblings are particularly fond of the art activities and English lessons there.

The library does not just offer opportunities to learn from books, but also chances to learn from peers.

Tran Minh Hang, a sixth grader, found this out when she met an American international school student at the library.

The two shared information about their countries and Hang was happy to show her new friend pictures of the different fruits and scenery in his hometown, Tien Giang Province in the Mekong Delta region.

The woman making sure there are plenty of activities to keep the children at the library busy is Lam Thi Ngoc Thu.

The library’s summer programs began on June 13 and run every day from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm, except Fridays, Thu said.

Each day offers a different theme: Mondays are for storytelling, Tuesdays for science, Wednesdays for arts and crafts, and Thursdays for life skills.

Saturdays and Sundays typically feature cultural lessons, movie showings, and even chess tournaments.

Homemaking skill classes for everyone

After a two-year pause due to COVID-19, the Children’s House of Ho Chi Minh City, situated in District 3, has re-launched its soft skill classes.

This year, the classes are being held for over 200 children from June 27 to July 29.

They are meant for seven- to 12-year-olds and cover all sorts of activities, from basketball to dancing.

Right now, 80 children are participating in the house’s first summer session, which features outdoor games and camping trips.

Other activities focus on how to show love to family members and self-care, including lessons on how to be independent by doing various chores around the house.

Pham Thi Ngoc Yen, vice-director of the Children’s House of District 7, shared that these classes have been offered at her venue for the last five summers, except during the pandemic

The programs have been a big hit amongst parents due to their low-cost and variety of activities.

The house’s second summer session will begin on July 4 and last until July 15.

So far, 80 students have signed up and there is still space for 40 more.

Thanks to the success of its past events, the Children’s House of District 7 has been able to share its experience with other organizations across the city.

The Children’s House of District 4, for example, will launch a semi-boarding summer program for the first time this year from July 18 to 29 for children seven to 13 years old.

According to Ngoc Nga, the mother of eight-year-old Minh Khang, finding programs that offer full care for children is important because many parents are busy with their work and their children cannot stay home alone during the day while schools are closed for summer.

Since May, Nga registered Khang for both summer sessions at the Children’s House of District 7, hoping her child will enjoy himself and be well-cared for.

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Teachers go six months without paychecks in north-central Vietnam

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A group of elementary school teachers in Vietnam are going on their sixth month straight of no paychecks even though the academic year has already concluded.

The eight affected teachers were employed as contract workers during the 2021-22 school year, which ended last month, at Dong Linh Elementary School in north-central Thanh Hoa Province.

They completed the assignments given by the school administration and their duties as per the conditions of their contracts, which specified that they would receive a monthly wage of VND2.78 million (US$120) each, as well as payment for teaching extra classes and monitoring semi-boarding students.

The school fully paid the eight teachers from September to December last year, according to a contract teacher.

“However, we’ve been paid nothing since January of this year,” one of the eight teachers said.

“The school’s explanation was that they didn’t have it in their budget.”

In response to a request by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper regarding the issue on Wednesday, Le Thanh Dong, a senior education official, admitted that the school had not yet paid the eight teachers and pledged to settle their salaries in the coming days.

More than 200 teachers were hired as contract employees in the 2021-22 school year across Thanh Hoa City, which is the provincial capital, according to Dong.

Most of them were fully paid with funds from the city and local school budgets, the education official affirmed.

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