The Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) has published 32 textbooks for eight subjects and experience activities, but these do not include textbooks for English. According to Tien Phong, at the workshop titled ‘Vietnam Education Publishing House and the task of renovating general education program and textbooks’, in the North, the publisher introduced four sets of sample textbooks which have been approved by the Appraisal Council. Article 5 of Circular No 33 on standards, process of compiling and editing textbooks, says that textbooks must properly and fully present the content of learning subject curricula or educational activities; and they must be basic, scientific, practical and consistent with the reality of Vietnam. Therefore, there must be specific regulations and standards on using foreign textbooks for Vietnam’s schools. If using foreign books, publishing houses only cooperate with foreign publishers to make a profit. Meanwhile, the textbook … [Read more...] about English textbooks not yet approved by Education Ministry, why?
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David Saiia, co-founder and CEO of Reuse Everything Institute, suggests reusing plastic rather than recycling it Editor’s note: David Saiia, co-founder and CEO of Reuse Everything Institute, Inc. (REII), an NGO dedicated to developing and promoting better resource use including the reuse of plastic waste, discussed Vietnam’s plastic problem in an email interview with Tuoi Tre News. Saiia, who holds a Ph.D. in strategic management, is currently a visiting professor in the faculty of international education of Duy Tan University in the central city of Da Nang, where he has lived for three years. From the point of view of an environmentalist, could you share with us why plastic is bad for the environment? Plastic is a persistent waste product that takes a very long time to biodegrade. Plastic presents an immediate threat to marine life when it is mistaken for food and eaten, causing death by choking and digestive obstruction. Plastic continues to break down into … [Read more...] about Vietnam should make plastic material too valuable to throw out: expert
A PSI project model implemented in Phú Thành Commune, Nghệ An Province is displayed at a conference in Hà Nội. VNS Photo HÀ NỘI — Tighter regulations are needed to ensure good quality water is sourced for years to come. That was the message delivered by Nguyễn Thị Hồng Khánh, from the Ministry of Construction’s Technological Infrastructure Department. She believes a solid legal framework is necessary to make sure there is plenty of water for future generations. “We need a scheme for the Water Supply Law, and submit it to the Government and the National Assembly,” Khánh said. “It is needed to survey and catalogue important sources to have an effective protection, exploitation and use plan.” There are more than 200 water supply enterprises, mainly operating as joint stock companies. The national programme to ensure water supply and prevent water … [Read more...] about A legal framework for water supply essential in Việt Nam
A bird's eye view of the newly-built Đuống River water plant. — VNA/VNS File Photo HÀ NỘI — Hà Nội’s top leader has criticised the city's finance director for making a “fundamentally wrong” statement about an unusually high tap water price which sparked a protest from residents last month. The city People’s Committee chairman Nguyễn Đức Chung told a hearing of the municipal People’s Council on Wednesday that tap water issue was a matter many Hanoians cared greatly about. “I asked the Hà Nội finance department director at a work meeting of the city government on November 29 to seriously look back at and learn from his fundamentally wrong statement that cause misunderstanding among the citizens,” he said. Chung was referring to an announcement by finance department director Nguyễn Việt Hà claiming that 20 per cent of the price of … [Read more...] about Finance official ‘fundamentally wrong’ about water price: Hà Nội leader
It is forecast that climate change will increase the risk of forest fires next year, therefore concerned organisations should be vigilant and prepare for fire prevention and control. An official of Sin Suoi Ho Village (third from left) is teaching local people on how to prevent forest fires in the northern province of Lai Chau. Deputy director of the Department of Forest Management Do Trong Kim made the statement at a conference held early this week in the northern mountainous province of Lai Chau. The conference, with the participation of forest managers from 19 northern provinces and cities, aimed at discussing the forest management sector’s plan for next year, including methods to protect forests, develop them and manage forest products. Speaking at the conference, Kim highly appreciated the sector’s efforts in overcoming difficulties at work and asked concerned organisations to improve. They should re-check hot spots of forest destruction, destroy … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s forest management sector to improve forest protection