The Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta provinces are tightening measures to prevent forest fires as prolonged hot weather has put many forests under the threat of fire.
The delta's provinces have strengthened forest monitoring, setting up fire-watching towers, dredging ponds and canals in forests and building dams to keep water in forests.
Kien Giang Province alone has about 23,000ha of forests under the threat of fire, accounting for about 30 per cent of the province's total forest area.
Tin Tuc (News)
Vocational schools seen as a last resort
Vocational schools are apparently the last choice for high school graduates who have failed to get into other schools, the Institute for Vocational Training Studies reported at a meeting held in Da Nang on Wednesday.
The country has about 1.2 million students graduating from junior high schools every year. Of this figure, 90-95 per cent continue to study at senior high schools and the rest choose to learn at vocational schools or become manual workers, said participants at the meeting.
Similarly, about 1 million students graduate from senior high schools every year and only 10 per cent of them chose to learn at vocational schools.
Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon)
Grow corn, soy beans on rice fields: PM
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has instructed the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta, the country's rice granary, to turn ineffective rice fields into other high-value crop cultivation areas such as corn and soy bean.
The Prime Minister has also assigned the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to work with the Ministry of Science and Technology and relevant agencies to create rice varieties that have high yield and quality.
Nhan Dan (The People)
Delta faces severe health staff shortage
The Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta region is facing a severe shortage of health workers, especially those trained to treat tuberculosis, leprosy and psychiatric illness, forensic medicine and surgery faculties, said participants at a meeting held in Can Tho on Wednesday.
The delta planned to train 451 students in these fields this year and 510 students next year. However, the recruitment of students is very difficulty because of lack of preferential policies, said health officials in the Delta's provinces and Can Tho.
Thanh Nien (Young People)