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Students suffer from allegedly contaminated food at two schools in Hanoi

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Six students at two schools under the same system in Bac Tu Liem District, Hanoi were hospitalized on Friday and 20 others suffered stomach pain, persistent defecation and vomited after all of them had had school meals the day before.

At Pascal Elementary and Middle School, 802 boarding students had lunch supplied by Viettinmex Vietnam Development and Service Trading Co., Ltd and afternoon snacks including Nabati cheese wafers and sweet mung bean soup.

At around 5:00 pm Friday, eight students exhibited symptoms of stomach pain and vomiting.

Five of them received care at home under the local medical centers’ monitoring while three others were treated at hospital with diagnosis of intestinal infection.

At the time of the authorities’ inspection, Pascal Elementary and Middle School’s meal suppliers presented all legal papers as prescribed and the school kitchen’s catering service was arranged according to a one-way process to ensure food safety regulations.

According to the preliminary investigation, the allegedly spoiled food was the basa fish fillet fried in butter, which was on the students’ lunch tables on Thursday.

At Isaac Newton Elementary School, 1,533 boarding students had lunch supplied by Mat Troi Lon Co., Ltd and afternoon snacks provided by Gia Bao Bakery Co., Ltd.

At 7:30 am Friday, 15 students submitted school leaves due to stomach pain, vomiting and persistent defecation.

Three of them had to be hospitalized and their health has returned to stable conditions.

At the time of the authorities’ inspection, Mat Troi Lon Co., Ltd produced all required papers related to the catering business, while Gia Bao Bakery Co., Ltd failed to show required food testing certificates for its sausage-filled pizza and a food safety certificate for the production of the dish, which had been served as afternoon snacks at Isaac Newton Elementary School on Thursday and suspected as the contaminated food.

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Vietnamese university provides cash for students to pay for Internet after shift to remote learning

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Students of a law university in southern Vietnam will receive monetary aid totaling over US$100,000 for their switch to online learning due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.

The Ho Chi Minh City University of Law on Monday announced its plan to support their students who have shifted from in-person classes to remote learning because of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Accordingly, the school will grant VND200,000 (US$9) to each student.

That means it will spend a total of about VND2.4 billion ($104,000) on this plan, as it now has some 12,000 students.

Learners will receive this support directly through their class president when they go back to school, the university said.

“All of our students have switched to online learning,” said Tran Hoang Hai, the school’s acting rector.

“We will notify them at least three days in advance before they are required to go to school for normal classes again.”

The cash support is aimed at helping them pay for Internet use charges during their online classes, Hai explained.

The university has conducted its online learning programs for all students since May 10, using its online training portal and Zoom software.

The higher education institution will provide students with papers they need from now until they return to normal studies, and those who have such needs are required to make online contact with the school’s academic affairs office for instructions.

“We have assigned the school’s center for business relations and student support to proceed with a plan to help students in difficult circumstances get loans to buy laptops at affordable prices for use in their online learning,” the acting rector said.

The university will try to obtain loans with deferred repayment terms and to find suppliers of computers or smartphones at the cheapest possible prices for such students, he added.

Vietnam has confirmed 1,205 domestic coronavirus infections in 26 provinces and cities since April 27, when a fourth wave broke out after the country had spent roughly a month detecting no community transmission, according to the health ministry’s data.

Ho Chi Minh City has reported only one case in this wave so far but schools and non-essential businesses have been shuttered as a safety precaution.

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In Vietnam’s Thua Thien-Hue, monk helps students prepare for life-deciding exam

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A young monk from Thua Thien-Hue Province has been tutoring students in Vietnamese literature in preparation for Vietnam’s national high school graduation examination for free to nurture his passion for teaching

Every Thursday and Sunday, monk Minh Giang of Huyen Khong Pagoda in Huong Tra Town holds an afternoon class for around 20 students.

At the same time, via Facebook and YouTube, hundreds of other students nationwide attend his virtual lecture. 

Before being ordained, monk Minh Giang used to teach classes for vulnerable children in Hanoi.   

After entering the monastic life, he was urged to do something that nurtures his passion for teaching and helps students. 

“At first, I taught only monks and nuns and shared videos of my lectures on YouTube and Facebook which were warmly welcomed by students,” said monk Minh Giang. 

“Some people suggested that I ‘take one step further’ by opening an in-person, public class.

“I decided to give a try.

“It was also when students started studying online due to COVID-19.”

To maintain the class, monk Minh Giang has spent time on developing the syllabus, doing in-depth research and also updating his lectures to make them more insightful and relevant. 

Therefore, he requests his students to be hard-working, proactive, and independent in learning. 

“As I am young, I want to devote my time and energy to serving people, especially in helping students pass the exam,” he said. 

“It is my happiness.

“I am planning to offer other courses on history, geography, and civic education in the near future.”

The national high school graduation examination is held annually by the Ministry of Education and Training.

Students consider it a life-changing exam because it is also used as a college placement test.

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Ho Chi Minh City closes schools over latest COVID-19 threat

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K-12 schools in Ho Chi Minh City will be closed down from Monday next week for fear of COVID-19 spread, the municipal People’s Committee said in a fiat on Thursday.

The closure is to be enforced even when only one local case has been recorded in the city since the coronavirus re-emerged in Vietnam last week.

Preschools will shut down from Monday while other levels will switch to remote learning, according to the fiat.

The 2020-21 school year is scheduled to end within this month in accordance with a plan by the People’s Committee.

More than 91,000 teachers, employees, and students left and returned to Ho Chi Minh City during a four-day holiday starting on Friday last week, the local Department of Education and Training said on Wednesday.

One employee and 14 students flew on the same flight as a COVID-19 patient in Dong Nai Province, which borders the city.

They live in Phu Nhuan District, Tan Binh District, Tan Phu District, Binh Thanh District, District 1, District 5, and Thu Duc City.

“Those people have been quarantined and had their samples taken for COVID-19 testing,” the department said.

The department has also identified 134 people who came into direct contact with these 15 and asked them to self-isolate at home.

Vietnam has confirmed 120 domestically-transmitted cases in at least 17 provinces and cities since April 27, when the virus made a comeback after the country had spent over a month detecting zero local infections, according the Ministry of Health’s data.

Only one of the patients was registered in Ho Chi Minh City.

Health workers have warned the city is at high risk as it is a busy economic hub, while border jumpers from China and Cambodia, which is grappling with severe outbreaks, have been detected there over the past few weeks.

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