HCM City's primary and secondary schools are facing challenges to serve 85,000 students, nearly 40 per cent more than last year, according to Le Hoang Quan, chairman of the city's People's Committee.
Local authorities have built new schools and classrooms and hired more teachers. Last year, the city government spent VND9 trillion (more than US$409 million) on education.
Tuoi Tre (Youth)
Kon Tum teaches local languages
More than 1,000 primary school students from the ethnic minority groups of Bana and Gia Rai in the Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) province of Kon Tum are studying their mother tongue language as well as the national and official language of the Kinh majority. The ethnic language programme was launched by the province's Department of Education and Training in 2008.
Fifteen primary schools in Kon Tum City and the districts of Sa Thay and Kon Ray are included. The students study the history, traditional culture and lifestyle of the Bana and Gia Rai people.
Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon)
VN sees rapid growth in smartphone usage
Viet Nam is among four countries, including India, Indonesia and Philippines, that have seen the highest growth rate of smartphone usage in the second quarter of 2015, according to a report released by Opera Mediaworks and Mobile Marketing Association.
The country saw the highest rate of sales in the region as well. Vietnamese spend at least five days per week on average to access the internet and other mobile applications through smartphones, the report said.
Although social networks and news websites have higher access figures, websites focusing on business and finance help to bring more profits to users.
Nguoi Lao Dong (The Labourer)
City considers funding for transport projects
HCM City estimates that VND124 trillion (more than US$5.6 billion) will be needed for transport projects in 2016-2020, triple the amount compared to the last five years. Under the city's plan, over 55 trillion ($2.5 billion) will come from the city's budget and the remainder from other sources, including the Stage budget, official development assistance (ODA) loans and private enterprises.
The money will be used to build steel overpasses and expressways, and upgrade roads.
The city also aims to have public transport meet 9.9 per cent of demand by 2020.
Saigon Times Daily