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City honours distinguished students

Update: July, 26/2014 - 09:08
HCM City People's Committee yesterday honoured 4,665 distinguished students who have won international, national and city contests in the 2013-2014 academic year.— Photo
HCM CITY  (VNS) — HCM City People's Committee yesterday honoured 4,665 distinguished students who have won international, national and city contests in the 2013-2014 academic year.

At a ceremony organised with the Department of Education and Training, the committee recognised eight students who won international contests, including Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology and Physics Olympiads, and in an International Science and Engineering Fair.

A total of 299 students won prizes in national contests, including internet Mathematics and English Olympiads, and four students who had the highest test scores on the high school graduation examination. The remaining students won contests at the city level.

Le Hong Son, the department's head, told online HCM City Giao Duc (Education) newspaper that the city had paid more attention to investing in students studying to prepare for contests, especially international students.

However, many parents are reluctant to allow their children to take part in contests because they could fear that the time should be used to study material for their exams.

More dropouts

An increasing number of students are dropping out of lower secondary school in Binh Phuoc Province, even though the local Education and Training Department has taken steps to prevent the rising dropout rate.

At a meeting held on Thursday, the provincial People's Council questioned the department representatives about the continuing problem at local schools.

Nguyen Van Hung, the department's head, said the department had asked schools to offer extra free classes for students with poor learning results and given tuition remission fees to families with financial difficulties and to ethnic minority households.

Schools had also been told to require teachers to meet with parents and discuss their children's' problems.

However, many parents did not show interest and even became angry when teachers spoke to them about their children.

In the 2013-2014 academic year, 632 of 57,758 lower-secondary school students (sixth through ninth grades) in the province dropped out. At least 305 high school students dropped out.

The number of students dropping out increased by 100 over the previous year.

The main causes behind the dropout rate were family financial difficulties, and the distance from students' houses to schools.

In addition, some students drop out when their family has a new crop to harvest.

Hung told the council that the department had banned extra teaching at home for primary school students and for students studying during the day.

He said that students at some schools were paying unnecessary fees that are not included on the local education department's list of eligible fees.

Vang Anh Kindergarten, for instance, collects fees for water, phone and allowances, which are then given to teachers, many of them are not on the permanent staff of the school.

The department has ordered schools to stop collecting these unnecessary fees and to fine violators. — VNS

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