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Daring proposals for education reform in 2017

VietNamNet Bridge – Some of the proposals on Education n reform include: raising salaries for teachers, changing the Vietnamese script, removing district education sub-departments, and removing ‘Chi Pheo’ from textbooks. MOET has proposed to raise teachers’ salaries 1. The Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) has submitted to the government a draft of a new ... Read More »

Miss America group asks former winners to help it reform after email scandal

The Miss America group is seeking the help of former pageant winners and directors, after a scandal over vulgar emails disparaging contestants. In the emails, published by the Huffington Post, pageant officials made degrading remarks about past winners’ appearance, intellect, and sex lives. Executive director Sam Haskell, president Josh Randle, and other board members resigned over the scandal. Now the ... Read More »

The White House's famous magnolia tree to be cut back

A historic tree that has stood at the White House for nearly 200 years is scheduled to be cut back. The “Jackson” magnolia has sat on the White House lawn for almost two centuries — Photo: EPA The “Jackson” magnolia was planted by President Andrew Jackson as a tribute to his recently deceased wife. It has been a backdrop to ... Read More »

St Petersburg supermarket blast injures at least 10 shoppers

At least 10 people have been injured in an explosion at a supermarket in the Russian city of St Petersburg. One person was said to be in serious condition after the detonation of an improvised explosive device (IED). President Vladimir Putin described the blast, at the Perekrestok supermarket chain late on Wednesday, as a terrorist act. No group has said ... Read More »

Snow emergency in US town after huge storm

A heavy storm has brought a record amount of snow to the US city of Erie on Christmas Day, forcing officials to declare a state of emergency. A total of 34in (86cm) of snow blanketed the city and surrounding areas in the Pennsylvania state. There was no respite on Boxing Day, with meteorologists registering a grand total of 60in over ... Read More »

Prof Ngo Bao Chau: university management is ineffective

VietNamNet Bridge – Prof Ngo Bao Chau, a renowned Vietnamese mathematician and Fields medal winner, believes that poor management is one of the greatest challenges faced by Vietnam’s higher education system. Prof Ngo Bao Chau On December 14-15, the Ministry of Education of Korea, the Korea Economic Times and the Ministry of Education and Training of Vietnam (MOET) jointly organized ... Read More »

Dak Lak: Students thought to have dissociation disorder

Six primary school students exhibiting unusual behaviour were suspected to suffer from dissociation disorder, according to a report director of the Dak Lak Department of Health Doanh Huu Long sent to the Ministry of Health last week. Last Tuesday, the six students of Cu Pui No 2 Primary School in Cu Pui Commune, Krong Bông District were all reported to ... Read More »

Entrance exams to high schools even tougher than university exams

VietNamNet Bridge – The number of students to sit the entrance exam to state-owned high schools in 2018 is expected to be 24,000 higher than in 2017.  Only 60 percent of students will be admitted to state-owned high schools Only 60 percent of the students will be admitted to state-owned schools, so the competition will be worse than in previous ... Read More »

Shoppers immune to Boxing Day sales fever

Traditional UK Boxing Day sales will suffer owing to spending on Black Friday and the squeeze on incomes, a survey suggests. Photo: PA The majority of shoppers (56%) who took part in the survey for BBC Radio 4 think Boxing Day sales have lost their appeal. Only a handful said they planned to get up early for a sales bargain. ... Read More »

Moscow subway bus crash kills four people

A bus left a road in Moscow before ploughing into a subway entrance, leaving four people dead and 11 injured, Russian officials say. Footage shows people scattering as the bus ran down wide steps before being brought to a halt by the tunnel’s roof. The incident happened near Slaviansky Boulevard metro station. There is no suggestion it was a terror ... Read More »