The Ministry of Education and Training, the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs and the Central Highlands Steering Committee on Wednesday began the implementation of Prime Minister's Decision No1951 on education and training development in the region for the 2011-15 period.
Under the decision, 12-15 per cent of children under three years old will be sent to nursery schools by 2015. Ninety-eight per cent of children will go to primary schools and 90 per cent of children will be sent to junior high school by 2015. Most ethnic-minority children under five years old will learn Vietnamese before they join first-grade classes.
Nhan Dan (The People)
Births expected to rise in Dragon Year
The number of newborn babies is likely to increase this year because Vietnamese people believe that the year of the dragon is a good year for giving birth, according to Tran Thien Vinh Quan, deputy director of Hung Vuong Hospital in HCM City.
The hospital is overloaded with 600-700 pregnant women registering for health check-ups every day. Last year it received 42,000 mothers while Tu Du Hospital in the city delivered 50,000 babies.
Tuoi Tre (Youth)
Education, workforce council gets to work
The National Council for Education and Workforce Development, of which Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung is the chairman, has been established. The council is responsible for working with related ministries and agencies to assist the Prime Minister in directing and assessing education reform, vocational training and human resource development as well as direct compilation and implementation of laws on education, tertiary education and vocational training.
Thoi Bao Kinh Te Viet Nam (Viet Nam Economic Times)
Dye factory found dumping waste water
Police in Dong Nai Province have discovered that a dye factory has discharged untreated waste water into the environment. The factory of Liberty Lace Ltd Co, located in Bien Hoa No2 Industrial Park, was found pumping untreated waste water from an underground reservoir to another reservoir on a 16-metre-high site. The waste water was then dumped into the ground of the company through a rain-water drainage system. The factory, which has operated since 2006, discharges around 35 cubic metres of waste water per day.
Thanh Nien (Young People)
Workers at risk of occupational diseases
The health status of workers is often not good enough to meet work demand, according to a report released on Tuesday by the HCM City Centre for Occupational Health and Environment Protection.
Last year the centre provided periodic health check-ups for nearly 85,000 workers at 128 enterprises, with nearly 60 per cent having average to bad health, the report said. Nearly 65 per cent of surveyed enterprises had risk factors for occupational illness.
Nguoi Lao Dong (The Labourer)