|Students take the foreign language exam yesterday afternoon at the Ha Noi-based Water Resources University. — VNA/VNS Photo Quy Trung
HA NOI (VNS) — Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam yesterday morning visited a national high school exam testing centre at the Ha Noi University of Science and Technology to encourage students and parents on the first day of the exam, during which the temperature hit a blistering high of 41 degrees Celsius.
Dam said that 2015 marked the first year of the national high school exam. The test scorers should be fair and exact, and take the exams seriously.
"So, students and parents, do not worry," he said.
Due to the extremely hot weather, Dam ordered the exam's steering committee in Ha Noi to arrange medical staff available to help candidates in case of emergencies.
Dam also sent his thanks to university volunteers who supported the candidates despite the extreme heat.
The national high school exam officially started yesterday, with more than a million of candidates in 38 testing centres throughout the country. Candidates took the 180-minute mathematics test in the morning and the 90-minute foreign language test in the afternoon. The exam will last four days.
Nguyen Van Hung, a student taking the exam at Tay Bac University, said after finishing his mathematics test that he'd been told the exam follows high school curriculums very closely.
If a candidate studies carefully, he or she should be able to get at least a five or a six out of 10, Hung said.
Giang Duc Huy, who took the exam at Tay Nguyen University's testing centre, said the English test was long and difficult.
The Ministry of Education and Training yesterday published hotlines and emails to receive complaints from students and parents about the national exam.
People could make phone calls to the national high school exam's steering committee via 04.36231138, 04.36230816, and 04.36231137 or via firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact with the ministry's inspectors via 04.36231285 and 01644756210 or email@example.com.
People could directly send their complaints to the Minister of Education and Training Pham Vu Luan via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also yesterday, Minister Luan came to testing centres in the northern provinces of Thai Nguyen and Bac Giang to see how localities were handling the exam. — VNS