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Hanoi cancels second phase of national high school exam amid COVID-19 outbreak



Hanoi authorities on Wednesday announced that the second phase of the national high school graduation exam, which was initially slated for August 6-7, will be canceled due to concerns over the prevalence of COVID-19 in the community.

Traditionally held in July, the national high school graduation exam is an annual assessment that 12th-grade students in Vietnam’s K-12 system are required to sit after they finish their studies.

Results of the test are needed for graduation and to help universities and colleges enroll undergraduates.

On account of the coronavirus, this year’s iteration of the exam is implemented in two phases. 

While the first, carried out on July 7-8, involved the majority of candidates, the second phase is intended for students who were unable to finish their tests because of the pandemic.

In a recent guiding document, the Hanoi Department of Education and Training decided to pass all candidates who signed up for this year’s exam and did not get disciplined by the exam panel in the first phase, but were not able to complete or enter the first phase because of unforeseeable circumstances.

The department requires all high schools and educational centers to inform the eligible candidates about their granted privilege.

Those who wish to qualify for the privilege would need to apply to their respective education facilities through emails, so that the school officials can compile a list of candidates to submit to the municipal education authority. 

In their statement, the Hanoi Department of Education and Training also ordered education facilities to notify their students of the upcoming aptitude tests for the Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City campuses of the Vietnam National University, which will supersede the national high school exam results to decide entrances to these higher institutions. 

Other higher education facilities are encouraged to devise their own tests, instead of using the national exam results, to evaluate their applicants.

The capital city has reported 1,082 COVID-19 infections since April 27, when the fourth wave started wreaking havoc in Vietnam.

On Saturday, Hanoi authorities began the implementation of the prime minister’s Directive No. 16, which requires all residents to stay home unless for essential duties, plus banning all public transport, taxi, ride-hailing, and food delivery services.

Vietnam on Thursday morning reported 2,821 new cases of COVID-19, increasing the country’s tally to 123,640 with 27,457 recoveries, according to the Ministry of Health.

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Vietnam wins 6 gold medals at World Mathematics Invitational



All 34 members of Team Vietnam who competed at the World Mathematics Invitational (WMI) 2023 in South Korea bagged medals, including six golds, nine silvers, and 12 bronzes, along with seven merit prizes.

The gold medalists included Dang Anh Tuan, Nguyen Hong Son, and Nguyen Dang Quoc Anh from Hanoi’s Trung Vuong Middle School; Nguyen Dinh Phong and Nguyen Quang Bao from Hanoi’s Ngo Si Lien Middle School; and Tran Lam Dao from Hanoi’s Kim Lien Elementary School.

Along with his gold medal, Tuan, an eighth grader, was also honored with a ‘Star of the World’ award – a merit given to the student with the highest score on each team.

This annual World Mathematics Invitational took place from July 14 to 18 at Yonsei University in Seoul, attracting more than 3,000 contestants from 25 countries and territories, including traditional powerhouses the U.S., China, and Bulgaria.

The competition’s organizing committee held an awards ceremony for the event on July 18.

Vietnam joined the WMI for the first time in 2019, when all the 32 members of its team brought home medals from the event in Japan’s Fukuoka City.

From 2020 to 2022, the WMI finals were held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The WMI was co-founded in 2013 by chairman of the Chinese Mathematical Association Kun-Lung Tsai and Professor Quan Lam from the University of California at Berkeley, according to the Asia Maths Alliance.  

Students from kindergarten to grade 12 can register for the competition.

Each WMI contest has two rounds, including a preliminary round and a final round. Each round is divided into logical reasoning and application sections. 

The preliminary round is held by each WMI member country or territory between January and March.

Gold, silver, and bronze medalists in each of these rounds are invited to represent their country in the final round, which gathers all national teams in one city for their competition.

Through interacting with math-loving counterparts from other countries during the final round, students can expand their worldview and experience different cultures, thus opening their horizons and broadening their futures, the WMI website said.

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Vietnam bags 5 medals at International Physics Olympiad 2023



All five Vietnamese students competing at the 53rd International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) 2023 won medals, including two golds, two silvers, and one bronze, the Ministry of Education and Training announced on Sunday.

The two gold medals went to Nguyen Tuan Phong, a 12th-grade student at Bac Ninh High School for Gifted Students in northern Bac Ninh Province, and Vo Hoang Hai, an 11th grader at High School for Gifted Students in Natural Sciences, of the University of Science under the Vietnam National University-Hanoi.

Two other students, both 12th graders, Nguyen Tuan Duong from Tran Phu High School for Gifted Students in northern Hai Phong City and Le Viet Hoang Anh from Lam Son High School for Gifted Students in Thanh Hoa Province, won the silver medals.

The bronze medal was presented to Phan The Manh, another 12th grader at Bac Ninh High School for Gifted Students.

After a year of postponement and two years of being held virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the IPhO 2023 took place physically at the National Olympics Memorial Youth Center in Tokyo, Japan, from July 10 to 17.

This year’s contest recorded the highest-ever number of contestants, with 398 students from 84 countries and territories.

With all its five members winning medals, the Vietnamese team was named in the group of countries leading the competition.

The awards and closing ceremony of IPhO 2023 was conducted on Monday at the aforementioned center.

At the IPhO 2022, the Vietnamese team also sent five contestants and won three golds, one silver, and one bronze, ranking fifth among 75 countries and territories.

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Vietnam strikes gold at International Mathematical Olympiad



All six Vietnamese students participating in the 2023 International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) won medals, including two golds, two silvers, and two bronzes, the Ministry of Education and Training announced on Tuesday.

With this achievement, Vietnam ranked sixth among more than 110 countries and territories taking part in the annual competition, after China, the U.S., South Korea, Romania, and Japan, in descending order.

The gold medals belonged to Nguyen An Thinh, a 12th-grade student majoring in computing at Tran Phu High School for Gifted Students in northern Hai Phong City, and Pham Viet Hung, another 12th grader from High School for Gifted Students in Natural Sciences under the Vietnam National University-Hanoi.

Nguyen Dinh Kien, an 11th grader specializing in math at the same school as Thinh, and Hoang Tuan Dung, a 12th- grade student, also with a major in math, at High School for Gifted Students under the Hanoi National University of Education earned a silver medal each.  

The two bronzes went to two 12th graders: Khuc Dinh Toan from Bac Ninh High School for Gifted Students in northern Bac Ninh Province and Tran Nguyen Thanh Danh from High School for Gifted Students under the Vietnam National University-Ho Chi Minh City.

The 2023 IMO took place in Japan from July 2 to 12, with the participation of 625 contestants from 112 countries and territories. 

The competition organizers awarded 315 medals, including 53 golds, 89 silvers, and 173 bronzes, accounting for around 50 percent of the total number of contestants. 

In last year’s IMO in Norway, Vietnam ranked fourth among 104 countries and territories, with two golds, two silvers, and two bronzes.

The IMO has been an annual event since 1959 and Vietnamese students began taking part in the competition in 1974.

Vietnam has won 266 medals, including 69 golds, 115 silvers, and 82 bronzes, ever since.

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