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Tuition waivers for students in public schools

VietNamNet Bridge – Professor Dr. Tran Xuan Nhi, talks to Khoa hoc & Doi song newspaper about a proposal to waive tuition fees for students from pre-school to the ninth grade in public schools. Tran Xuan Nhi What do you think about the Government’s proposal to waive tuition fees for pre-school students up to ninth ... Read More »

Judge rules Utah woman legally married to deceased partner

A Utah state judge has declared a 74-year-old woman and her long-term lesbian partner legally married, three months after her wife died. Throughout the couple’s long relationship, they both faced a series of major health issues. — Photo: BONNE FOERSTER Judge Patrick Corum declared Bonnie Foerster legally married to Beverly Grossaint, who died in May in Salt Lake City at ... Read More »

Mountainous schools damaged by heavy rains

Many classrooms in Thanh Hoa and Son La provinces have been ruined by heavy rains over the past two days. Floods in Son La Province Ngo Phi Hung, head of the Department of Education and Training in Quan Hoa District, Thanh Hoa Province, said on August 30 that heavy rains and landslides had destroyed many classrooms the previous day.  A ... Read More »

Pests to eat more crops in warmer world

Insects will be at the heart of worldwide crop losses as the climate warms up, predicts a US study. Wheat, a crop typically grown in cool climates, could be hit hard, say the authors — Photo: KEITH EWING / CC BY 2.0 Scientists estimate the pests will be eating 10-25% more wheat, rice and maize across the globe for each ... Read More »

Education Ministry’s plan to terminate textbook compilation monopoly raises doubts

VietNamNet Bridge – Experts do not believe that the monopoly in textbook compilation will end, though the Minister of Education and Training Phung Xuan Nha vowed to terminate the monopoly by holding auctions to find compilers. MOET is a textbook compiler Nha recently said during his trip to Can Tho City that the education reform program is being implemented in ... Read More »

Why a village in New Zealand is trying to ban all cats

A small village on the southern coast of New Zealand is planning to implement a radical plan to protect its native wildlife: ban all domestic cats. Under the initiative, proposed by Environment Southland, cat owners in Omaui will have to neuter, microchip and register their moggies with local authorities. After their pet dies, cat lovers in the community will then ... Read More »

Teacher shortage clouds school year

VietNamNet Bridge – With the new school year approaching, 43 cities and provinces across the country are facing a shortage of teachers. Crowded classrooms: The new school year is approaching but the country is still lacking nearly 76,000 teachers at different education levels. – VNA/VNS Photo Quy Trung According to the latest statistics of the Ministry of Education and Training ... Read More »

Great British Bake Off: What the critics thought

It’s back. The tent swathed in golden sunshine, a chocolate meltdown as a result of aforementioned sun, one contestant’s broken biscuit dreams and the ice-cold glare of Paul Hollywood. This year’s Bake Off contestants — Photo: CHANNEL 4/LOVE PRODUCTION The Great British Bake Off has returned in all its glory for a ninth series – the second since decamping to ... Read More »

Double teaching staff to deal with overcrowded classes

Hanoi Department of Education and Training has proposed to allow two teachers per class due to the high number of pupils.     Le Ngoc Quang, deputy director of the Department of Education and Training said overcrowding was unavoidable, especially at popular schools. According to the regulations, there should be one teacher per 35 pupils. However, in many schools, up to ... Read More »

Teenagers who smoke and drink suffer ill effects by age of 17

Teenagers who smoke and drink alcohol are causing visible damage to their arteries by the age of 17, a study has revealed. Tests showed stiffening of the arteries had begun by this relatively young age. These physical changes have been linked with an increased risk of heart and blood vessel problems, such as stroke and heart attack, in later life. ... Read More »