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Students busily prepare for up to 30 international math competitions

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Even students in second and third grades have obtained many medals from international mathematics competitions.

Students busily prepare for up to 30 international math competitions

Vietnamese students win 2 gold medals at IMSO 2021

N, a parent in Hanoi, while attending a parents’ meeting, heard that her son’s class in previous years had won nearly 100 medals at international competitions, though there were only 30 students.

“Some students won nearly 20 medals of different kinds and I didn’t know how many competitions they registered to attend,” she said.

After one academic year, N’s son won several medals and his name was among 10 percent of excellent students at international math competitions.

N said she no longer was surprised about the number of medals students can have, because attending international competitions is common.

“Most parents allow their children to attend international competitions when teachers introduce the competitions. The fees are inconsiderable, just VND300,000-500,000, and children can compete ‘for fun’,” she said.

The fees are higher if students enter second or third rounds of competitions. If they can go abroad to attend the final round, the cost to prepare for the competition is up to VND30-50 million.

On social media one can hear about second and third graders who own ‘mountains’ of medals from international math and science competitions. The medals won by students are listed in schools’ reports about their achievements.

A fourth grader in Thanh Hoa has been given exercises designed for students in the 15th week of study. The teacher explained that the exercises about the division with two digits were not compulsory and that students asked for them.

She said her students are winners of many international prizes at competitions and they want to test their capability.

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At many competitions, the organization boards intentionally offer a lot of prizes to attract students. In general, the fees for students attending the next rounds of competitions are higher than the previous ones. The more students who attend the competitions, the bigger the profit.

The head of an education sub-department in Hanoi said that there are too many, about 30, regional and international mathematics competitions.

The competitions include ITMC, Australian Mathematics Competition – AMC, American Mathematics Competitions – AMC, WMTC, WMI, IMSO, International Teenagers Mathematics Olympiad – ITMO, PhIMO, IKMC, IMAS, SEAMO, IMC, APMOPS, ASMO, AMO, SASMO and TIMO.

Almost all of them collect fees and set limits on the number of attendees. Meanwhile, to attend other competitions, a student has to pay VND200,000-550,000. Some competitions attract tens of thousands of students at different education levels. The number of students winning prizes at some competitions can be up to 60 percent.

There are some competitions where questions are raised in English and the content does not match the curricula in Vietnam, so students are sent by their parents to private tutoring classes to practice for the competition.

N said the children of her friends are always busy on weekends because they need to prepare for international math exams. She also knows parents who take their children from Bac Ninh and Hai Duong to Hanoi to attend extra classes.

N said some of the competitions are prestigious. But many others are not. However, teachers will not answer parents’ questions about which competitions are good, because this is a ‘sensitive matter’. In many cases, the organizers of the competitions have close relations with teachers or schools.

However, parents with experience on this matter can name the prestigious international competitions, such as APMOPS, IMSO, ITMO, IMC and AMC. In Vietnam, VMTC and MYTS are the ones highly appreciated.

A mathematics lecturer, while saying that attending competitions can bring great benefits to children, noted that many competitions are problematic.

“The most dangerous thing is that the questions are not appraised,” he said. “I read the questions at a competition and realized that they were unacceptable. There were even wrong questions or wrongly interpreted questions, because the hired interpreters did not have deep knowledge about mathematics.”

An analyst said competitions of these kinds have mushroomed recently because they bring profit to organizers. They not only can earn money from the competition, but also from classes that help students prepare for the competitions.

He said that at many competitions, the organization boards intentionally offer a lot of prizes to attract students. In general, the fees for students attending the next rounds of competitions are higher than the previous ones. The more students who attend the competitions, the bigger the profit.

However, he said that if parents spend time learning about competitions, they will learn more and will be able to help their children avoid these “ugly competitions”. 

Dong Ha – Thoi Vu

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/feature/students-busily-prepare-for-up-to-30-international-math-competitions-794280.html

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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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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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Da Nang wins Vietnam’s smart city award for 3rd straight year

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The central city of Da Nang has been granted the Best Vietnam Smart City Award 2022 for the third consecutive time.

This award was among the 43 bestowed upon cities, enterprises, and products considerably contributing to smart city building and national digital transformation.

At the ceremony held by the Vietnam Software & IT Services Association (VINASA) in Hanoi on Thursday, Da Nang also received the prizes for smart governance and management, smart transportation and logistics, startup and innovation city, and city with smart application serving citizens and enterprises.

Da Lat City in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong, Pho Yen City in northern Thai Nguyen Province, and Dong Xoai City in southern Binh Phuoc Province also won the smart governance and management city award. 

The central province of Thua Thien-Hue obtained the startup and innovation city award, and Thai Nguyen City in the namesake province was honored as a smart application city serving citizens and enterprises.

In addition, 34 prizes were presented to technological solutions in 17 categories, including administration, transport, environment, health care, agriculture, construction, and tourism, according to the Vietnam News Agency

Statistics show that the 34 digital solutions for smart city building have gained over VND350 billion (US$14.3 million) in revenue.

The Vietnam Smart City Awards 2022 was launched by the VINASA on August 8 and attracted 148 nominations. 

The annual prestigious award, which was first introduced in 2020, aims to promote digital transformation, the application of information technology, and the building of smart cities across the country, as well as honor achievements of cities, urban areas, industrial parks, and technological solutions.

Da Nang also won the Best Vietnam Smart City Award in 2020 and 2021.

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The central city of Da Nang has been granted the Best Vietnam Smart City Award 2022 for the third consecutive time.

This award was among the 43 bestowed upon cities, enterprises, and products considerably contributing to smart city building and national digital transformation.

At the ceremony held by the Vietnam Software & IT Services Association (VINASA) in Hanoi on Thursday, Da Nang also received the prizes for smart governance and management, smart transportation and logistics, startup and innovation city, and city with smart application serving citizens and enterprises.

Da Lat City in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong, Pho Yen City in northern Thai Nguyen Province, and Dong Xoai City in southern Binh Phuoc Province also won the smart governance and management city award. 

The central province of Thua Thien-Hue obtained the startup and innovation city award, and Thai Nguyen City in the namesake province was honored as a smart application city serving citizens and enterprises.

In addition, 34 prizes were presented to technological solutions in 17 categories, including administration, transport, environment, health care, agriculture, construction, and tourism, according to the Vietnam News Agency

Statistics show that the 34 digital solutions for smart city building have gained over VND350 billion (US$14.3 million) in revenue.

The Vietnam Smart City Awards 2022 was launched by the VINASA on August 8 and attracted 148 nominations. 

The annual prestigious award, which was first introduced in 2020, aims to promote digital transformation, the application of information technology, and the building of smart cities across the country, as well as honor achievements of cities, urban areas, industrial parks, and technological solutions.

Da Nang also won the Best Vietnam Smart City Award in 2020 and 2021.

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Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/society/20221203/da-nang-wins-vietnams-smart-city-award-for-3rd-straight-year/70318.html

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