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HCM City seriously short of English and art teachers

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Many English teachers prefer working in foreign language centres than in schools because of higher income. Photo: thanhnien.vn

HCM CITY — The top education official in HCM City says it is facing a serious shortage of teachers in several subjects, especially English and art.

Nguyễn Văn Hiếu, director of the HCM City Department of Education and Training, said at a recent meeting held at the Sài Gòn University that the number of teachers for several subjects does not meet minimum requirements.

Even though Sài Gòn University has trained teachers for the new general education programme since 2018, high schools in the city need art teachers to teach two classes per week, he said.

Hiếu stressed the importance of forming a new human resource base for subjects that many students wish to learn.

“It is necessary to recruit more teachers so that students can choose subjects based on real needs. Students currently have no choice but ‘eating’ what is available on the ‘menu’,” Hiếu said, adding that for a big city such as HCM City, students should be able to access comprehensive development.

Lương Thị Hồng Điệp, head of the Preschool Education Unit under the municipal education department, said many foreign teachers lack essential skills to manage young students though they have certificates in teaching English.

Providing these English teachers with short-term pedagogy courses is crucial for them to acquire the skills needed to handle preschool classes efficiently, she said.

In addition to English teachers, professional team leaders in private classes and support staff also need further training, Điệp said, adding that the importance of courses that teach management skills to teachers who wish to become managers should be emphasised.

Hồng Lãm Thuý, head of the department’s Primary Education Unit, said that there was a serious shortage of teachers in English, art and music.

Thuý suggested that Sài Gòn University increases the development target of these faculties to meet the demand for teachers in middle and high schools.

Inter-school teachers

Phạm Hoàng Quân, principal of Sài Gòn University, spoke about difficulties in enrollment and employment of students in some pedagogical disciplines. 

“Though Sài Gòn University is the only university in HCM City that offers fine arts pedagogy training, it continues failing to meet enrollment quotas. Meanwhile, students taking part in music programmes do not choose to teach. Instead they look to pursue a singing career after graduation,” Quân said.

He said many English teachers prefer working in foreign language centres because of higher income.

Quân suggested hiring art teachers who can teach in many schools at the same time.

“Recruiting inter-school teachers may be the immediate solution.” he said.

Recruiting teachers to work in an area instead of an individual school is also a solution, agreed Hiếu. However, it would be challenging to select the school that would be in charge of paying and conducting necessary paperwork for teachers, he noted. 

In response to the education department’s request, Sài Gòn University aims to recruit new students for computer science pedagogy in the near future. 

At the meeting, the department and the university signed a comprehensive cooperation programme agreement for the 2022-2027 five-year period.

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/1173706/hcm-city-seriously-short-of-english-and-art-teachers.html

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Chickenpox outbreak spreads in Hanoi

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Hanoi has logged 548 new cases of chickenpox so far this year, with the most recent 70 infections recorded just this week, according to statistics from the Hanoi Center for Disease Control (CDC).

There have been no deaths linked to the ongoing outbreak.

Chickenpox is on the rise compared to last year, and many of the patients are preschool and elementary school students, which respectively account for 36.5 percent and 38 percent of the total infections.

So far, 18 out of Hanoi’s 30 districts have been affected by the outbreak, with Chuong My, Me Linh, Ba Vi, and Nam Tu Liem Districts having each detected over 30 cases.

In the outlying district of Chuong My, the local medical center had reported five clusters of 237 chickenpox cases as of March 21.

In Ho Chi Minh City, children’s hospitals citywide said that they have recorded normal rates of hospital admissions and treatment linked to chickenpox.

However, as chickenpox cases tend to surge between February and June, parents should ensure their children are vaccinated and that their children’s play areas are kept clean. 

Chickenpox cases could continue their upward trend over the next several weeks as Hanoi eases into spring, according to the Hanoi CDC, which also stated that local citizens should be aware that other infectious respiratory diseases such as the flu, measles, and whooping cough typically spread during this time of year.

Chickenpox is a contagious disease caused by varicella-zoster virus and can affect people of all ages.

It is typically spread from person to person via direct contact. It can also be spread through saliva and daily practices, like sharing utensils.

It takes 7-21 days after exposure to the virus for someone to develop symptoms of chickenpox, which include a mild fever, runny nose, cough, headache, fatigue, loss of appetite, and an itchy red rash which covers the body with fluid-filled blisters.

Healthcare specialists advise chickenpox patients to take a bath as normal, regularly wash their hands with soap, refrain from sharing utensils with others, and keep their houses and workplaces clean.

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Hanoi has logged 548 new cases of chickenpox so far this year, with the most recent 70 infections recorded just this week, according to statistics from the Hanoi Center for Disease Control (CDC).

There have been no deaths linked to the ongoing outbreak.

Chickenpox is on the rise compared to last year, and many of the patients are preschool and elementary school students, which respectively account for 36.5 percent and 38 percent of the total infections.

So far, 18 out of Hanoi’s 30 districts have been affected by the outbreak, with Chuong My, Me Linh, Ba Vi, and Nam Tu Liem Districts having each detected over 30 cases.

In the outlying district of Chuong My, the local medical center had reported five clusters of 237 chickenpox cases as of March 21.

In Ho Chi Minh City, children’s hospitals citywide said that they have recorded normal rates of hospital admissions and treatment linked to chickenpox.

However, as chickenpox cases tend to surge between February and June, parents should ensure their children are vaccinated and that their children’s play areas are kept clean. 

Chickenpox cases could continue their upward trend over the next several weeks as Hanoi eases into spring, according to the Hanoi CDC, which also stated that local citizens should be aware that other infectious respiratory diseases such as the flu, measles, and whooping cough typically spread during this time of year.

Chickenpox is a contagious disease caused by varicella-zoster virus and can affect people of all ages.

It is typically spread from person to person via direct contact. It can also be spread through saliva and daily practices, like sharing utensils.

It takes 7-21 days after exposure to the virus for someone to develop symptoms of chickenpox, which include a mild fever, runny nose, cough, headache, fatigue, loss of appetite, and an itchy red rash which covers the body with fluid-filled blisters.

Healthcare specialists advise chickenpox patients to take a bath as normal, regularly wash their hands with soap, refrain from sharing utensils with others, and keep their houses and workplaces clean.

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31 Vietnamese students suffer suspected poisoning after receiving balloons from strangers

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Thirty-one students at an elementary school in Vietnam’s Central Highlands had symptoms such as dizziness, headache, and nausea after being given balloons by strangers.

The incident was recorded at Ly Tu Trong Elementary School in Buon Trap Town, Krong Ana District, Dak Lak Province.

Among the 31 students, 17 were admitted to the district medical center, five of whom received transfusions, a representative of the Krong Ana District Office of Education and Training said on Thursday morning.

The other 14 are being monitored at home.

Doctors diagnosed the children with poisoning, but the cause is unknown.

Currently, the health of the poisoned students is stable.

According to the report of Ly Tu Trong Elementary School, four strangers, including three women and one man, were giving balloons to students in front of the school on Wednesday afternoon.

This group of people was then asked to leave by a security guard.

About 30 minutes later, many of the students who had been given the balloons began to show signs of dizziness, headache, abdominal pain, and nausea.

The students were then taken to the school’s medical room and the case was reported to local authorities.

Authorities are investigating the incident.

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Thirty-one students at an elementary school in Vietnam’s Central Highlands had symptoms such as dizziness, headache, and nausea after being given balloons by strangers.

The incident was recorded at Ly Tu Trong Elementary School in Buon Trap Town, Krong Ana District, Dak Lak Province.

Among the 31 students, 17 were admitted to the district medical center, five of whom received transfusions, a representative of the Krong Ana District Office of Education and Training said on Thursday morning.

The other 14 are being monitored at home.

Doctors diagnosed the children with poisoning, but the cause is unknown.

Currently, the health of the poisoned students is stable.

According to the report of Ly Tu Trong Elementary School, four strangers, including three women and one man, were giving balloons to students in front of the school on Wednesday afternoon.

This group of people was then asked to leave by a security guard.

About 30 minutes later, many of the students who had been given the balloons began to show signs of dizziness, headache, abdominal pain, and nausea.

The students were then taken to the school’s medical room and the case was reported to local authorities.

Authorities are investigating the incident.

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Vietnamese woman extradited from Indonesia after 8-year evasion of international wanted notice

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A Vietnamese woman has been extradited from Indonesia by Interpol for an investigation into a fraud case dating back to 2015, local police said on Wednesday.

Nguyen Thi Anh Nga, a 36-year-old from Dong Thap Province in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region, has been wanted internationally since 2015 after fraudulently appropriating over VND3 billion (US$127,591) from various individuals.

Nga then fled Vietnam to work in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Cambodia.

Police in Indonesia arrested Nga on March 7.

After discussing with their Indonesian counterparts, Interpol Vietnam brought Nga to Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City and handed her over to Dong Thap police officers for an investigation into the case.

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A Vietnamese woman has been extradited from Indonesia by Interpol for an investigation into a fraud case dating back to 2015, local police said on Wednesday.

Nguyen Thi Anh Nga, a 36-year-old from Dong Thap Province in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region, has been wanted internationally since 2015 after fraudulently appropriating over VND3 billion (US$127,591) from various individuals.

Nga then fled Vietnam to work in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Cambodia.

Police in Indonesia arrested Nga on March 7.

After discussing with their Indonesian counterparts, Interpol Vietnam brought Nga to Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City and handed her over to Dong Thap police officers for an investigation into the case.

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