Schools nationwide start new academic year

Most students nationwide have flocked to schools to start the new academic year on Saturday. Party and Government leaders attended new school year ceremonies throughout the country to share the joys with teachers and students on their first day back to school.

In Da Nang City, despite heavy rain, nearly 200,000 students and pupils showed up at the new academic year ceremonies for their schools.

To pave the way for a good academic year in the province, the Da Nang Department of Education and Training revealed that it had invested nearly VND177 billion to upgrade and build over 100 schools and recruit some 230 teachers for all levels.

HCM City Party Secretary Le Thanh Hai gives awards to top students of Le Hong Phong School (Photo: SGGP)

Addressing a school ceremony at Le Quy Don High School for Gifted Students in Da Nang, the deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education and Training, Nguyen Thien Nhan, encouraged the school management to build a ten-year training strategy for the students, of which, the first three years should focus on senior high school education, the five following years in tertiary and the remaining years as post-graduates.

He emphasized that such a strategy will be the best way to provide a sufficient number of highly skilled workers for Da Nang in particular and for the entire country in general.

The deputy PM later attended another school ceremony at the boarding High School for Ethnic Students of Gia Lai Province.

Mr. Nhan lauded the significant achievements that the school had made over the past few years and commended the solidarity of students of different ethnic groups studying together under the same roof.

The deputy PM presented the school and students with two computers and 300 uniforms and 100 TV sets to the teachers.

In HCM City, the City’s Party Secretary, Le Thanh Hai, attended the new school year ceremony at Le Hong Phong High School for Gifted Students.

He applauded the achievements of the school’s last academic year, with 383 students attaining the title “City’s Excellent Students,” 34 of them receiving “Country’s Excellent Students” and 95 percent of students passing university entrance exams.

Mr. Hai stressed that among strategies to build and develop the country, those that train talents are very important as they are decisive factors for the country’s industrialization and modernization.

Mr. Hai said that he is looking forward to more good news related to the school’s achievements in the new academic year, and encouraged students to focus on studying and dignity so that they can become useful citizens to society in the future.

He also appealed to the school management and students’ families to join hands together to protect children from being affected by social problems.

The chairman of the city’s People’s Committee, Le Hoang Quan, was present at Nguyen Hien School’s ceremony, which is the only high school in the city recognized by the Ministry of Education and Training as a ‘standard school’ for the whole country for the period 2000-2010.

Chairman of HCMC People’s Committee Le Hoang Quan shakes hands with students of Nguyen Hien High School (Photo: SGGP)

The school has also received certificate of recommendation from the Government for its great achievements in training and education.

Sharing the joys with the school’s management and students on the day, Mr. Quan encouraged the school’s management to maintain what they have achieved over the past years in training high-quality students who meet the country’s demand for talents.

But not all students could start their new school year like their peers.

Schools in the city of Hue, Thua Thien Province, and in Hai Lang District, Quang Tri Province, had to put off new school year ceremonies due to poor weather and the danger of floods.

The students are expected to start the school year on September 9, when the weather is expected to improve.

In Lam Dong Province, seven schools could not start the new academic year because some students are suspected of being infected with swine flue. At present, Lam Dong has some 95 students, from 28 schools, who have tested positive for the A/H1N1 virus. 

By staff writers – Translated by Phuong Lan

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