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“I am F0, teacher”: story of a university lecturer

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“The stories about my students who had an exam in the epicenter have given me more strength not to shrink back from difficulties in my life,” Le Khanh Tuan, a lecturer of the Saigon University, writes in the following essay:

“I am F0, teacher”: story of a university lecturer

Students of the Saigon University

The final exams of both the semesters fell in September and the workload on lecturers was high. There were two things to do – thesis marking and oral examining, both online. There were 4,000 pages of theses to read and many procedures needed to be followed. It was confusing and I had too much to do.

Many theses were good, but some others were cursory. I had difficulty giving low marks. A lot of questions were raised. Were the authors of the theses and their relatives were okay? Maybe they were F0s (positive Covid cases) and maybe… The questions obsessed me when I gave every bad mark.

I decided that I needed to give true marks that truly reflected the quality of the theses, and I was looking forward to hearing about them on the oral examination day.

And the day came. Other judges and I came to an agreement that we would ask students about their conditions after finishing questioning.

The first student said he luckily left HCM City and was staying with family members in his hometown. He was okay and so was the exam.

However, 15 percent of students were stuck in HCM City and they had to live far from home during social distancing. They were in bad condition. A student said he could not have his broken laptop repaired, so he had to type the thesis on smartphone and asked another student to help him print the file.

The third student got good marks for his thesis, but he didn’t answer the call. I asked some other students to contact him. But there was no reply until the oral exam finished. I sent a message to him and asked him to contact me for the exam.

But two weeks have elapsed and there has been no news from him. Where are you now?

The fifth student appeared in a medical protective suit. “Please allow me to wear the protective mask. I am on the corridor of the quarantine zone,” he said.

I learned that he was a volunteer and had not returned home for the last month. “We have break time and I do school work during the time,” he told me.

Many other students were also volunteers. They did school work during the break time as they worked as nurses and checkpoint officers or at vaccination points.

I then remembered the image of a student covered in a medical protective suit, waving hands in a video: “Teacher, the volunteer team has an urgent matter right now, I need to be absent from the lesson. I will make up for it carefully.”

The seventh had a weak voice. He got high marks for both his thesis and oral exam. “I am F0, teacher. I got better, but still feel it is a bit difficult to breathe,” he said.

“Are your relatives okay?” I asked. “All my family members were infected with Covid. But they have had negative testing results for the first time,” he replied.

In another exam room, four out of 23 students were Covid positive.

They wrote theses when they were patients. Some of them said their mothers or fathers had just been discharged from hospital several days prior. One student said he had just received the bone ash of a relative some days ago.

The 23rd student, the last examinee, appeared with a calm and intelligent face. He answered exam questions very well. I gave him a 10 score and realized that he also had 10 for his thesis.

“Did you have any difficulties in writing the thesis?” I asked him.

“There was no big problem. I wrote the thesis in the hospital. All my family members got infected. But all of us have been discharged from hospitals. I left hospital last week. Everything is okay,” he said, smiling.

I burst into crying. I tried to say a few words to end the exam. Thank you for giving me more strength to make me never feel discouraged about any difficulty in my life. 

Le Khanh Tuan (Saigon University)

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/feature/i-am-f0-teacher-story-of-a-university-lecturer-779254.html

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Reclamation of land for Ho Chi Minh City airport’s new terminal proposed

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The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Natural Resources and Environment has proposed the municipal People’s Committee take back 14.7 hectares of military land in Tan Binh District to accommodate the new T3 terminal of Tan Son Nhat International Airport.

In particular, the department made a proposal to reclaim the land in Wards 4, 12, and 15 of Tan Binh District from Division 370 and Brigade 918 of the Air Defense and Air Force Service under the Ministry of National Defense.

The proposal was made pursuant to Article 62(2)(c) of the 2013 Land Law, stipulating the reclamation of land for the development of national traffic infrastructure projects.

The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Natural Resources and Environment also suggested chairs of Wards 4, 12, and 15 send decisions to take back the land to Division 370 and Brigade 918.

Meanwhile, the compensation and site clearance board of Tan Binh District will have to adopt compensation policies and hold a ceremony to receive the land and hand it over to the Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) to build the terminal.

In addition, Division 370 and Brigade 918 should hand over the land to the compensation and site clearance board of Tan Binh District in line with the law.

The municipal Department of Natural Resources and Environment will also submit a plan to hand over the land to the Southern Airports Authority to the municipal People’s Committee for consideration and approval.

The land reclamation decision will be uploaded on the portal of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee after being issued.

The T3 terminal project at Tan Son Nhat International Airport was approved in 2020 with an estimated price tag of nearly VND11 trillion (US$450 million), funded by the ACV.

Obstacles in the handover of the military land has slowed the execution of the project.

In July this year, the government issued a resolution to remove the obstacles, asking the Ministry of National Defense to hand over 16.05 hectares of land for the project in two phases.

In the first phase, some 14.7 hectares of land would be handed over right after the issuance of the resolution. Meanwhile, the remainder would be taken back after the settlement of Vietstar Airlines Multirole Corporation’s assets.

The city and relevant agencies planned to hold a ceremony to hand over the land in the first phase on October 19 but failed due to the Air Defense and Air Force Service’s disagreement.

To promptly conduct the terminal project as required by the prime minister, the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee on October 26 proposed that the General Staff of the Ministry of National Defense hand over the land in the first phase so that the ACV can execute the project.

The T3 terminal project is designed to have an annual capacity of 20 million passengers. Once completed, the terminal together with the T1 and T2 terminals can serve 50 million passengers per year.

The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee will approve the compensation and site clearance plan for the project soon.

Work on the terminal project is expected to start on December 15-25 if the site clearance work is favorable.

In July this year, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh required the Ministry of Transport to direct relevant agencies to complete procedures to kick off the project in the third quarter of this year and complete it in September 2024, Tien Phong (Vanguard) newspaper reported.

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The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Natural Resources and Environment has proposed the municipal People’s Committee take back 14.7 hectares of military land in Tan Binh District to accommodate the new T3 terminal of Tan Son Nhat International Airport.

In particular, the department made a proposal to reclaim the land in Wards 4, 12, and 15 of Tan Binh District from Division 370 and Brigade 918 of the Air Defense and Air Force Service under the Ministry of National Defense.

The proposal was made pursuant to Article 62(2)(c) of the 2013 Land Law, stipulating the reclamation of land for the development of national traffic infrastructure projects.

The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Natural Resources and Environment also suggested chairs of Wards 4, 12, and 15 send decisions to take back the land to Division 370 and Brigade 918.

Meanwhile, the compensation and site clearance board of Tan Binh District will have to adopt compensation policies and hold a ceremony to receive the land and hand it over to the Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) to build the terminal.

In addition, Division 370 and Brigade 918 should hand over the land to the compensation and site clearance board of Tan Binh District in line with the law.

The municipal Department of Natural Resources and Environment will also submit a plan to hand over the land to the Southern Airports Authority to the municipal People’s Committee for consideration and approval.

The land reclamation decision will be uploaded on the portal of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee after being issued.

The T3 terminal project at Tan Son Nhat International Airport was approved in 2020 with an estimated price tag of nearly VND11 trillion (US$450 million), funded by the ACV.

Obstacles in the handover of the military land has slowed the execution of the project.

In July this year, the government issued a resolution to remove the obstacles, asking the Ministry of National Defense to hand over 16.05 hectares of land for the project in two phases.

In the first phase, some 14.7 hectares of land would be handed over right after the issuance of the resolution. Meanwhile, the remainder would be taken back after the settlement of Vietstar Airlines Multirole Corporation’s assets.

The city and relevant agencies planned to hold a ceremony to hand over the land in the first phase on October 19 but failed due to the Air Defense and Air Force Service’s disagreement.

To promptly conduct the terminal project as required by the prime minister, the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee on October 26 proposed that the General Staff of the Ministry of National Defense hand over the land in the first phase so that the ACV can execute the project.

The T3 terminal project is designed to have an annual capacity of 20 million passengers. Once completed, the terminal together with the T1 and T2 terminals can serve 50 million passengers per year.

The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee will approve the compensation and site clearance plan for the project soon.

Work on the terminal project is expected to start on December 15-25 if the site clearance work is favorable.

In July this year, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh required the Ministry of Transport to direct relevant agencies to complete procedures to kick off the project in the third quarter of this year and complete it in September 2024, Tien Phong (Vanguard) newspaper reported.

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Ho Chi Minh City’s ward to set up task force against uncontrolled waste disposal

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The administration of a ward in Ho Chi Minh City, southern Vietnam, will establish a dedicated team in charge of detecting and handling cases of random garbage disposal to protect the living environment for local residents.

The An Phu Dong Ward will install cameras and set up a specialized team to monitor and check local riverbanks and canals to detect, prevent and handle cases of illegal dumping, Le Phan Quang Tien, deputy chairman of the ward People’s Committee, in District 12, told Tien Phong (Youth) newspaper.

Such a task force is necessary as people who sneakily dispose of waste often commit their wrong act at night or early morning, when everybody is in a deep sleep, Tien said.

“In order to eliminate improper garbage disposal, we are implementing flexible and practical solutions to tighten control over environmental sanitation, including enhancing public awareness of environmental protection,” the official added. 

He emphasized that the ward will adopt a mechanism to mobilize the role of people and communities to detect and denounce acts of littering in public places.

At the same time, authorities will reward individuals and units who promptly identify and report violators, Tien stated.

Currently, there have been a lot of rubbish heaps alongside the banks of the Vam Thuat River and on roads, with rats and cockroaches running in and out, Tien Phong (Youth) reporters recorded on the site.

Except for small volumes of domestic waste, such garbage there is mainly industrial and construction waste, including broken pieces of metal, glass and electronic appliances.  

Many people even burned metal waste to get copper wires, causing smoke and dust pollution and posing risks of fire or explosion, locals complained.

“Most of the refuse here has been brought in by tricycles hired by people living in other localities,” Son, a local public utility staff, said, adding that such tricycles often came late at night to dump waste stealthily. 

Son emphasized that there are not enough forces to handle such violations.

Thao, a woman who owns a beverage shop in the riverbank area, said there were times when waste occupied roadways and travelers had to avoid them while going by.

“Recently, some residents had to spend millions of dong (VND1 million = US$41) hiring people to clean up trash heaps that are ‘as high as mountains,’ Thao said.  

She noted that authorities have caught and penalized many people who randomly disposed of waste here but the situation has yet to be improved.

Thao said locals will help local administration to drive back the situation by detecting and reporting those who commit such acts, but heavy fines should be imposed to deter wrongdoers.

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The administration of a ward in Ho Chi Minh City, southern Vietnam, will establish a dedicated team in charge of detecting and handling cases of random garbage disposal to protect the living environment for local residents.

The An Phu Dong Ward will install cameras and set up a specialized team to monitor and check local riverbanks and canals to detect, prevent and handle cases of illegal dumping, Le Phan Quang Tien, deputy chairman of the ward People’s Committee, in District 12, told Tien Phong (Youth) newspaper.

Such a task force is necessary as people who sneakily dispose of waste often commit their wrong act at night or early morning, when everybody is in a deep sleep, Tien said.

“In order to eliminate improper garbage disposal, we are implementing flexible and practical solutions to tighten control over environmental sanitation, including enhancing public awareness of environmental protection,” the official added. 

He emphasized that the ward will adopt a mechanism to mobilize the role of people and communities to detect and denounce acts of littering in public places.

At the same time, authorities will reward individuals and units who promptly identify and report violators, Tien stated.

Currently, there have been a lot of rubbish heaps alongside the banks of the Vam Thuat River and on roads, with rats and cockroaches running in and out, Tien Phong (Youth) reporters recorded on the site.

Except for small volumes of domestic waste, such garbage there is mainly industrial and construction waste, including broken pieces of metal, glass and electronic appliances.  

Many people even burned metal waste to get copper wires, causing smoke and dust pollution and posing risks of fire or explosion, locals complained.

“Most of the refuse here has been brought in by tricycles hired by people living in other localities,” Son, a local public utility staff, said, adding that such tricycles often came late at night to dump waste stealthily. 

Son emphasized that there are not enough forces to handle such violations.

Thao, a woman who owns a beverage shop in the riverbank area, said there were times when waste occupied roadways and travelers had to avoid them while going by.

“Recently, some residents had to spend millions of dong (VND1 million = US$41) hiring people to clean up trash heaps that are ‘as high as mountains,’ Thao said.  

She noted that authorities have caught and penalized many people who randomly disposed of waste here but the situation has yet to be improved.

Thao said locals will help local administration to drive back the situation by detecting and reporting those who commit such acts, but heavy fines should be imposed to deter wrongdoers.

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Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/society/20221203/ho-chi-minh-city-s-ward-to-set-up-task-force-against-uncontrolled-waste-disposal/70325.html

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Vietnam announces seven-day Tet break

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The Vietnamese government approved a plan to let public employees take a seven-day Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday next month, according to an announcement on Thursday.

The holiday will start on January 20 and last until January 26, allowing public employees to leave work two days before Tet starts on January 22.

The seven-day break includes five days off from work and two days of compensatory leave as the second and third days out of the five-day streak overlaps the weekend.

The Lunar New Year holiday, or Tet, is the biggest holiday in Vietnam and an important occasion for family reunion.

The government also announced four days off for the 2023 National Day (September 2), spanning from September 1 to 4.

This schedule includes the weekend from September 2 to 3, 2023.

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The Vietnamese government approved a plan to let public employees take a seven-day Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday next month, according to an announcement on Thursday.

The holiday will start on January 20 and last until January 26, allowing public employees to leave work two days before Tet starts on January 22.

The seven-day break includes five days off from work and two days of compensatory leave as the second and third days out of the five-day streak overlaps the weekend.

The Lunar New Year holiday, or Tet, is the biggest holiday in Vietnam and an important occasion for family reunion.

The government also announced four days off for the 2023 National Day (September 2), spanning from September 1 to 4.

This schedule includes the weekend from September 2 to 3, 2023.

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Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/society/20221203/vietnam-announces-sevenday-tet-break/70298.html

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