Illustration by Trịnh Lập By An Phương Though school regulations do not allow students to use mobile phones in classes, I’ve seen many cases, including my nephews, carrying smartphones and using them publicly in schools. Mobile phones, especially smartphones, have become an essential part of our daily lives. I can’t imagine going one day without touching my iPhone, as I need to make calls, reply to messages, draft emails, and scroll my social feeds. Of course, I’m already an adult. I first had my phone about 10 years ago when I was 16, and I felt okay with having it at that age. However, I believe that’s not the case these days as even my 10-year-old nephew has asked his father for a phone. That’s why when I noticed the topic of phones in schools, I had mixed feelings as to whether mobile phones are beneficial or distracting for students. I spoke with four people, two of them four or five years … [Read more...] about Should students use mobile phones in schools?
Rules and regulations in school
Dat, a literature teacher with the Vo Truong Toan High School in Ho Chi Minh City, assigned 11th grade students to enact plays based on some works of literature last October. Some parts of these plays, however, were considered inappropriate for the 11th grade students to act, like scenes of sex and rape. As footages of these scenes were circulated, some parents expressed their disapproval. Following the incident, school authorities this January gave Dat a 12-month warning, asked him to stop teaching and supervise the school library in January. Dat, who rejects the complaints against him, explained that each play, lasting about 12-15 minutes, had to include all details in the assigned story. However, some scenes were cut out of context and discussed online, sparking controversy. The students crafted these scenes by standing behind a screen and projecting images on to it using lighting techniques. Dat stressed that there was no physical contact between the students. "I stood … [Read more...] about Rape scene in school play sparks controversy
Hanoi will apply a change in office and school hours starting today (February 1), causing worries among both parents and teachers. Many parents are worried that they will not be able to arrange times to pick up their children in the afternoon According to the instruction of the Hanoi Department of Education and Training, pre-school, primary and secondary school students will attend school from 8am to 5pm. Vocational schools, colleges and universities will begin at 7am, with afternoon sessions ending after 7pm. However, many parents are worried that they will not be able to arrange times to pick up their children in the afternoon. Also, a number of high school teachers who have children voiced the concern that the new timetables would make life more difficult. One, in particular, was quoted as saying, "Under the new timetables I have to work until 7pm, the same time my kids get out of school. I don't know how to arrange for them to be picked up." Pham Thi Yen, the … [Read more...] about Parents and teachers concerned about change in school hours
Muong people in Vo Mieu gather to practice singing. (http://thanhson.phutho.gov.vn) In the early spring, the Cultural House in Vo Mieu feels cheerful as people prepare for cultural exchanges and festivals. Ha Thi Mau and other villagers put on traditional costumes to sing and dance to Muong folksongs. “We have managed to restore our traditional culture and preserved our group’s history. We have upheld our customs and norms in organizing wedding ceremonies and funerals.” Local Muong people love singing and dancing as a way to strengthen neighborliness. The Cultural House is a venue for villagers to share their interests and learn more about Muong culture village. Phung Thi Van said, “Cultural activities in our hamlet are joyful. We support performances which revitalize our culture. We fund art troupes and encourage family members to join them to promote our culture.” Pupils of Thanh Son boarding-school performed gong at a … [Read more...] about Muong people in Phu Tho preserve cultural identity
Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — The Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) has sent a document to leaders of provinces and cities requesting them to secure order and security in schools. The move comes after many recent incidents adversely affected the educational environment, causing public concern. A student of Trần Nhân Tông High School in Hà Nội was hospitalised on March 21 after being hit by a 1.2sq.m chunk of plaster falling from the ceiling at the teacher’s meeting room. In a separate incident in late February, a teacher in southern Long An Province was forced to kneel down and apologise to parents for making their children kneel down in the class for violating school rules. In the document, the ministry asked chairpersons of the people’s committee of provinces and cities to direct relevant agencies in supervising the implementation of Government’s Decree No 80/ND-CP, dated July 7, 2017, stipulating regulations … [Read more...] about Education ministry calls for safety in schools