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Vietnam to allow classroom phone use from middle school



Students in middle and high schools in Vietnam will be allowed to use their mobile phones in class for educational purposes, according to a new charter.

On Tuesday, the Vietnamese Ministry of Education and Training adopted a circular which sets out a new charter for middle schools and high schools across the Southeast Asian nation.

The circular, which is slated to take effect in early November this year, lifts an earlier outright ban on the use of mobile phones in class.

In this regard, Sai Cong Hong, deputy director of the ministry’s Secondary Education Department, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that the change aims to be aligned with the application of information technology in teaching.

“Students are allowed to use phones during class time, but only to serve learning purposes with their teachers’ permission,” said Hong, who added that the use of smartphones in the teaching and learning process is necessary.

In some practical situations, he said students need to use several features of their devices in order to fulfill their learning needs, such as to look up information and browse reference materials.

Second thought needed

The new rule has raised public concern in Vietnam over its supposed “detrimental” effects on students.

Anh Hoa, a Tuoi Tre reader, commented that students should not be allowed to use mobile phones during lesson time no matter the reasons.

The reader said it would be impossible for teachers to supervise students’ use of their devices to make sure it is for the right purposes.

Worse still, Hoa said, students will become reliant on online knowledge and information whose accuracy has yet to be verified.

Nguyen Bich Trang, the mother of a sixth grader at Tran Van On Middle School in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, told Tuoi Tre that the school has banned students from using mobile phones within its campus since the beginning of the 2020-21 academic year.

“The new rule by the Ministry of Education and Training gives parents like me a shock,” said Trang.

“Allowing students to use modern devices, including computers, tablets, or smartphones, is an inevitable need of today’s education, but I don’t think it is necessary for students to bring their phones into class to apply modern forms of teaching,” she explained.

The principal of a high school in the city’s Tan Phu District said, “We have banned students from using their mobile phones at school because they bring much more harm than benefits.”

The head teacher feared students would use their phones to set up gaming sessions with their peers after school, chat online in class, or arrange fist fights when there is conflict among them.

“Students will also sneakily visit their Facebook accounts or play games in class. It would be tough for teachers to supervise their students, due to overcrowded class sizes,” said the principal.

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Officials found using fake degrees issued by university in Hanoi



Several civil servants have been discovered among over 600 individuals implicated in a scandal in which a Hanoi university had been issuing fake second bachelor’s degrees in English studies.  

An investigation by the Ministry of Public Security recently revealed that Dong Do University, located in Thanh Xuan District, Hanoi, had granted as many as 626 bogus English bachelor’s degrees, 216 of which have been verified.

Among the verified cases, 23 people had their degrees deemed invalid as Dong Do University is not licensed to offer training programs for a second bachelor’s degree.

The other 193 people had never enrolled in the school or had failed to meet requirements to be granted their degrees.

Fifty-five of them had already used the degrees to apply for postgraduate education or to defend their doctoral thesis.

One of them used the qualification for master’s thesis defense, while another obtained it to participate in public servant recruitment exams.

An inspector used the fake degree to take part in an examination for rank promotion, and two public officials declared the qualification in their personal background.

Duong Van Hoa, former principal of Dong Do University, Tran Kim Oanh, former vice-principal, and Le Ngoc Ha, incumbent vice-principal are in this photo provided by officers.

From left: Duong Van Hoa, former president of Dong Do University, Tran Kim Oanh, former vice-president, and Le Ngoc Ha, incumbent vice-president are shown in this photo provided by officers.

The Ministry of Public Security has asked relevant authorities to impose suitable penalties upon the implicated officials.

For those who have not used their bogus degrees, investigators have asked the Ministry of Education and Training to revoke he qualifications.

The agency has requested relevant bodies to indict Duong Van Hoa, former president of Dong Do University, Tran Kim Oanh, former vice-president, Le Ngoc Ha, incumbent vice-president, Tran Ngoc Quang, deputy head of the university’s training management office, Pham Van Thuy, an official of the school, and five others.

According to investigators, Dong Do University is not licensed to offer training programs for second degrees, but the school had announced its plan to admit hundreds of students every year from 2015 to 2018 for its second bachelor’s degree courses.

The student admission plan was submitted to the Ministry of Education and Training each year and was approved.

The admission announcement was also posted on the university admission portal of the education ministry.

The public security ministry stated that those responsible for the process should also be disciplined.

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Classes at midnight: Repatriated students cope with jumbled schedule after return to Vietnam



Vietnamese students who have cut short their studies abroad to return home amid the COVID-19 pandemic are finding themselves struggling to keep up with class schedules in foreign time zones.

Dao Thien Thanh, an IT student at the University of Houston in Houston, Texas returned to Vietnam in August to seek safety from the global pandemic that is ravaging the United States.

Though Thanh was able to sign up for a fully online course, her decision to study remotely precludes her from re-entering the U.S., as per a newly-introduced federal law.

But a physical location is the least of Thanh’s concerns.

Right now she is more concerned about keeping up with a class schedule based-on the time in Houston.

As Houston follows Central Standard Time (CST), Thanh is 11 hours ahead of many of her classmates, meaning she has classes that meet via Zoom at 10:00 pm, 11:30 pm, and 4:00 am (Vietnam time) on various days throughout the week.

“My classes really tire me out since I still have a lot of work to do during the daytime,” she explained.

“Having an exam late at night or in the early morning is the worst.

“[I have to] study during the day, revise in the evening, and show up on time to take the exam late at night.

“It’s nearly impossible to keep myself awake.”

Other Vietnamese students enrolled in foreign universities have found ways to cope with the topsy-turvy schedules.

N.T.N.H., a psychology student at Perdue University in Indiana, explained that she only logs into her online class sessions for a class roll and to complete a quick assignment before logging off and taking a nap prior the next session.

In her free time, she reviews recorded videos of the lectures she has missed to ensure she stays on track.

Disrupted experiences

H.’s method might work well for university students, but high school students who have returned to Vietnam from abroad have found themselves facing an entirely different battle – being present at a computer nearly continuously from 9:00 pm to 3:00 or 4:00 am each weekday.

As most classes have fixed rosters of 15-25 students, teachers can easily keep track of absent students.

Nguyen Bao Khang, once a 10th grader at Silver Creek High School in California, decided that due to the strenuous schedule, combined with the fact that an online learning experience did not seem to justify the US$15,000-$16,000 tuition fee each semester, he would transfer his studies to the American International School in Ho Chi Minh City.

Despite facing reverse culture shock in terms of classmates, language, class workloads, and teachers, Khang is still happy with his choice.

“I’m rather content as I get to stay in Vietnam and be with my parents,” he said.

“I’ll stay here if the pandemic continues, otherwise I’ll go back abroad.”

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Ten Vietnamese teams to compete at 2020 ASEAN Information Security Contest



Ten Vietnamese teams and six others from ASEAN countries will take part in the final round of the 2020 ASEAN Student Contest on Information Security later this month.

The Vietnam Information Security Association and relevant departments under the Ministry of Education and Training and the Ministry of Information and Communications jointly organize the contest, consisting of three rounds – starting, qualifying, and final.

This year’s competition has attracted 92 teams with a higher number of female participants than previous editions, including 15 Vietnamese and eight from ASEAN countries.

Participants entering the final round are those winning the qualifying round, which took place in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi at the end of last month.

This year’s competition featured more questions and a higher level of difficulty, requiring contestants to handle complicated software errors.

Just a third of the participating teams could finish one-third of the test in the qualifying round.

Ending the qualifying round in the north, Pawsitive from the University of Engineering and Technology under the Vietnam National University, Hanoi defeated other rivals to win the first prize.

Three teams of PTIT.1nfern0 from the Posts and Telecommunications Institute of Technology, AmongUs from FPT University, and MSEC_ADC from Military Technical Academy shared the second prize.

Three teams from the Hanoi University of Science and Technology, one from the Posts and Telecommunications Institute of Technology, and one from Military Technical Academy received the third prize.

Another seven teams with good performances also received consolation prizes from the organizers.

Below is the list of 10 Vietnamese teams participating in the finale of the contest on November 28:

1. HMCUS.Twice – University of Natural Science, Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City

2. NotEfiens – University of Technology, Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City

3. Pawsitive – University of Engineering and Technology, Vietnam National University, Hanoi

4. PTIT.AmongUs – Posts and Telecommunications Institute of Technology, Ho Chi Minh City

5. PTIT. PTIT.1nfern0 – Posts and Telecommunications Institute of Technology, Hanoi

6. ISIT-DTU1 – Duy Tan University

7. MSEC_ADC – Military Technical Academy

8. AmongUs – FPT University, Hanoi

9. Nupakachi – Hanoi University of Science and Technology

10. MSEC_SUPPORT – Military Technical Academy

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