by Thu Hang
Student gets record exam score
Trinh Tran Mai Kim Hoang, a third-year student at the HCM City University of Technology, is admired for her academic accomplishments. She scored a full 10 marks in all eight subjects in the second-term exams last year.
Her achievements are the best performance in the last 10 years by anyone doing a course the university offers jointly with foreign schools, Cao Tuan Minh, head of its Office for International Study Programme, says.
Hoang is in a four-year construction technology course offered together with Australia's Griffith University. "I attend every class, listen carefully to the lecturers, and take notes," she says. "I read books and materials related to my subjects at home."
She has been scoring highly in exams over the last two years and has yet to fail a subject.
"She is among very few students in the prestigious university not to fail a single subject," Minh says.
Songs make history less dry
It is a Sunday morning. Van Dinh Thanh, 64, is playing Nam Bo Khang Chien (the Southern Resistance War) on the mandolin while more than 30 children aged 12 to 15 are clapping their hands and singing along.
It is not a music class; it is a history class where children learn about the country's history by singing songs and doing quizzes.
Every Sunday in Phung Hiep District of the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Hau Giang, teacher Thanh chooses some songs related to a historical event to teach at the three-hour session and also narrates anecdotes and facts from history.
Over the last 17 years, he has been hoping to inspire young people to study history. He gives the children notebooks as gifts if they provide the right answer to a quiz question.
Nguyen Thi Cuc, head of the district's Education and Training Office, says the classes are popular with local children because of Thanh's creative teaching methods.
It is also a useful activity for children, especially during summer when Thanh teaches three times a week, he says.
Pham Thi My Anh, a ninth-grade student, says, "The classes have helped me get a general understanding about the country's history." VNS
Admiring veteran collects General Giap memorabilia
Military veteran Tran Van Duy owns a unique collection of materials about the legendary General Vo Nguyen Giap. He has more than 6,000 pictures, newspaper clippings, and other stuff about the military genius.
Since he was in high school he had heard on the radio and read plenty about Giap.
In October 1964 Duy met and shook hands with the great man during the latter's visit to a military unit in Vinh Phuc Province's Tam Dao District.
His admiration only grew after the meeting and Giap became his role model.
In July 1965 the General visited injured soldiers in his unit and spoke words of encouragement to them.
"It boosted the morale in the fight against the enemy," Duy said.
Since then he started collecting images and newspaper stories about Giap.
The albums that make up his 50-year collection have their own room in Duy's house.
"General Giap is my biggest idol," he said, adding that he hopes younger generations will be inspired by the deeds of Giap. — VNS