As students across the country prepare for the new school year, our monthly news magazine Outlook examines the nation's education sector, with a special look at public and private high schools.
Outlook, which goes on sale in Ha Noi, HCM City and other major centres this morning, reports on the pressures faced by both students and parents in the education system.
We reflect on the shortcomings in the enrolment process, which require parents to take part in a mad scramble if they want to secure a spot for their children at a reputable public school.
We take a special look at the dilemmas parents face when considering the best school for their children, and weigh up the pros and cons of public and private schools in Viet Nam. We also report on rising violence at schools and discuss the need for schools across the country to pay more attention to students with special needs.
Elsewhere in this issue, we visit Dong Trieu pottery village to learn the secret of local quality porcelain products and meet a Dutchman in Viet Nam who is teaching others the healing benefits of meditation. We also sample one of Ha Noi's favourite summer snacks and a Vietnamese-Canadian wrestler who is aiming for gold at the London Olympics.
Readers can also catch up on what's hot in the country's culinary, sports and arts scenes - and check out listings for everything from bars to embassies. Outlook retails for VND15,000 at news-stands, major hotels and restaurants and can be purchased at the head office of the Viet Nam News at 11 Tran Hung Dao, Ha Noi, or at our HCM City office at 120 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street. —VNS