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Vietnam premier urges seeking COVID-19 vaccines for students

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The Vietnamese Prime Minister has directed relevant ministries to secure supplies of coronavirus vaccines suitable for students so that they can be immunized and return to schools soon.

PM Pham Minh Chinh made the direction at an online national conference held on Saturday to review the performance of the education sector during the previous school year and outline the tasks for the upcoming semester.

The government chief directed the Ministry of Education and Training to coordinate with the Ministry of Health in launching a COVID-19 vaccination program for students.

The ministries should contact various vaccine suppliers to seek kinds of vaccine suitable for people aged from 12 and to set up vaccination plans for students so that all fully vaccinated students can return to schools soon, the PM said.

During the past school year, the education sector has taken effective measures for epidemic prevent and control with the goal of “ensuring the health and safety of students, teachers first” and implemented the motto of “suspending classes without stopping learning,” Deputy Minister of Education and Training Hoang Minh Son told the conference.

Meanwhile, leaders of different localities proposed giving inoculation priority to students.

Nguyen Thi Quyen Thanh, deputy chairperson of Vinh Long province’s administration, said that 91 percent of local teachers have received the first vaccine jabs while those having got two full doses have reached 44 percent. 

Meanwhile, students have yet to be immunized, so they have had to attend online classes, Thanh said, adding that this learning method is ineffective, especially for about 14,000 needy students.

There should be solutions to vaccinate students aged 12 years and older so that they can go back to school as soon as possible.

Sharing the same opinion, Nguyen Thi Thanh Lich, deputy chairwoman of Gia Lai Province, said a student vaccination program should be deployed soon to enable students to study directly at school, since the virtual class model is hard to apply in poverty-stricken areas with poor access to Internet and technology devices.

At an online meeting with Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long on July 14, general director of Pfizer Vietnam Co., Ltd. John Paul Pullicino, pledged to provide Vietnam with 20 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine for children aged from 12 to 18 in the fourth quarter of this year.

Vietnam now has nine million people in this age group.

By Friday evening, the numbers of people receiving the first and second vaccine jabs nationwide had reached over 16.6 million and 2.2 million, respectively, the health ministry reported.

Vietnam needs to secure 150 million vaccine doses to inoculate two-thirds of its 98-million population, but it has so far got only some 27 million vaccine doses from different sources, including donations.

Since the pandemic hit the country in early 2020, the country has documented over 410,000 COVID-19 cases, including 10,053 deaths, equivalent to 2.4 percent, or 0.3 percent higher than the global mortality rate, the ministry’s data shows.

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Vietnam places 1st at Microsoft Office Specialist Word Championship

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Vietnam has finished first at the 2022 Microsoft Office Specialist Word Championship, winning two gold medals, one silver, and one bronze.

The four faces who brought glory to Vietnam at the world’s largest MSO playground include Bui Cong Minh from Nguyen Tat Thanh Middle and High School in Hanoi, who received a gold medal in Microsoft PowerPoint 2016; Nguyen Duy Phong from Hanoi University of Science and Technology, who won a gold medal in Microsoft Excel 365 Apps and Office 2019; Nguyen Trong Khai from University of Science and Technology of Hanoi, who bagged a silver medal in Microsoft Word 365 Apps and Office 2019; and Dao Ngoc Tung Chi from Foreign Trade University in Hanoi, who took home a bronze medal in Microsoft Word 2016.

Unable to hide his emotions at the awards ceremony, Minh felt like “exploding,” shaking in happiness when his name was mentioned.

He is also the youngest competitor who has ever clinched a gold medal in the history of Vietnam’s participation in the contest.

Phong was also enthusiastic to share his happiness on achieving the highest degree of awards, bringing glory to his home country.

Vietnam received the most awards from this year’s Microsoft Office Specialist Word Championship edition, said Doan Hong Nam, president of IIG Vietnam, chief of the national organizing committee and head of the Vietnamese team.

This is also the first time in 13 years of competing at the championship that the Vietnamese team has reached the top spot.

The Microsoft Office Specialist Word Championship is an international playground for students, aged 13-22, on a global scale to find and glorify talents in Microsoft Office usage.

Its 2022 edition took place in Anaheim, California from July 24 to 27

Vietnam’s medal tally at all MOSWC iterations has added up to four gold medals, three silvers, and 10 bronzes.

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Vietnam launches Simons Astrophysics Group

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The launch of an astrophysics group in Vietnam funded by the U.S.-based Simons Foundation was announced during two international workshops on astrophysics in Quy Nhon City of the south-central Vietnamese province of Binh Dinh on Monday.

Rencontres du Vietnam (Meeting Vietnam) convened the two workshops, the ‘Golden Universe: Nuclear Astrophysics and Cosmic Rays in the Multimessenger Era’ and the ‘2022 SAGI Astrophysics Workshop on New Frontiers of Astrophysics in the Golden Era of Dust Polarimetry,’ at the International Center for Interdisciplinary Science and Education (ICISE).

The event gathered more than 30 Vietnamese and foreign scientists from France, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Israel, Japan, South Korea, and Malaysia; as well as around 50 physics students from three specialized high schools in Binh Dinh and the neighboring province of Phu Yen.

Prof. Tran Thanh Van delivers a remark at the opening of two international workshops on astrophysics in Quy Nhon City, Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam, July 25, 2022. Photo: Lam Thien / Tuoi Tre

Prof. Tran Thanh Van delivers a remark at the opening of two international workshops on astrophysics in Quy Nhon City, Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam, July 25, 2022. Photo: Lam Thien / Tuoi Tre

During the events, Dr. Nguyen Trong Hien, a Vietnamese-American astrophysicist working for NASA, announced the launch of the Simons Astrophysics Group at ICISE (SAGI), the first of its kind in Vietnam.

The group, including many Vietnamese experts working overseas, is funded by the U.S.-based Simons Foundation, one of the largest charitable organizations in the States making grants in mathematics and physical sciences, life sciences, autism research, and education and outreach.

“SAGI will organize seminars and summer schools, cooperate [with other organizations] in analyzing scientific data, and support young scientists in the country,” Dr. Hien said.

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Vietnam’s oldest candidate graduates from high school at 82

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An 82-year-old man from Hanoi, the oldest candidate in Vietnam’s 2022 national high school graduation exam, officially passed the test with a total score of 22.35, as per the results announced on Sunday. 

The Vocational and Continuing Education Center in Thanh Xuan District, Hanoi, the school Nguyen Huy Ky attended before the exam, confirmed his results later on the same day.

Ky, 82, got 4.75 points out of 10 in literature, 3.6 points in math, 7.5 points in history, and 6.5 points in geography to pass the graduation exam and is now a high school graduate.

He was given 0.25 priority points as a candidate who is 35 years or older, as of the date of the high school graduation exam.

As a continuing education student with a grade-A computer certificate or higher, he also got an additional one point.

Nguyen Huy Ky, 82, is pictured during the 2022 national high school graduation exam at Thanh Xuan Middle School in Thanh Xuan District, Hanoi. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Nguyen Huy Ky, 82, is pictured during the 2022 national high school graduation exam at Thanh Xuan Middle School in Thanh Xuan District, Hanoi. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

During the national high school graduation exam that took place at the beginning of this month, at the exam site of Thanh Xuan Middle School in the namesake district, Ky drew attention as the oldest candidate in the country still pursuing a high school diploma at the age of over 80.

At that time, Ky told a Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporter that the reason for his pursuit is to return to the profession of Oriental medicine, which requires him to attend a medical school, and a high school diploma is a must for admission to the medical school.

In Vietnam, the national high school graduation exam, considered one of the most important events in the life of every school student, is organized in July every year for 12th graders and independent candidates. 

The exam results are used for both high school graduation and enrollment in universities and junior colleges.

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