Hanging by a thread
Friday,  Nov 27,2015,18:58 (GMT+7)
For decades, educators have been teaching history as a compulsory subject in school but their effort of equipping their students of knowledge of the nation’s history has turned fruitless since a huge number of students have shown little interest in learning history. The indifference of students, especially those in high school, to the subject is cause for concern. A few years ago, the public was shocked by the fact that a large number of students scored poorly for history in their tests.
Renewed scrutiny
Friday,  Nov 20,2015,18:57 (GMT+7)
The issue of wastefulness at State-financed projects is not new as any projects using State money could be found to waste huge sums when inspectors look into them. Cost overruns are the norm at such projects.
A big waste
Friday,  Nov 13,2015,19:24 (GMT+7)
The revival of costly plans to construct towering buildings as city/provincial seats has again sparked heated debate in local media. In the past the public took issue with the extravaganza of great administrative center buildings where all city/provincial departments are located.
Longing for better services
Friday,  Nov 6,2015,15:15 (GMT+7)
It has been recently announced that the fees of around 1,800 medical services at public hospitals would be revised up this month. To any patient, soaring hospital fees are unwelcome news but such a fee hike may disappoint many, especially those who have had to spend hours waiting for their turns to have their health examined but get substandard services and cursory care at a number of public hospitals. Though explanations for the hospital fee hike starting this month by competent agencies sound rational, people expect the quality of hospital services to improve correspondingly.
Budget burden
Friday,  Oct 30,2015,15:59 (GMT+7)
The Government of Vietnam is running a rising budget deficit, which has been in the news. Some government ministers have expressed concern over the budget deficit during the ongoing session of the National Assembly. The situation has reached a point where the Government is working on a major plan to issue US$3 billion worth of sovereign bonds on international capital markets in 2017 to raise funds for restructuring domestic debt.
Prompt action
Friday,  Oct 23,2015,16:13 (GMT+7)
Last year both Noi Bai and Tan Son Nhat were among the 10 worst airports in Asia as rated by a travel website’s survey on travelers’ overall airport experience. This year the former has got out of the list but the latter has stayed.
Red alarm
Friday,  Oct 16,2015,20:22 (GMT+7)
For years, Vietnam has been struggling to cushion heavy impacts of floods and the situation looks somber due to climate change. However, flood-prone areas now have to prepare for the worst as man-made disasters are looming large.
Make or break
Friday,  Oct 9,2015,17:50 (GMT+7)
Shortly after seeing a lot of excitement about the landmark conclusion in Atlanta of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact talks, experts have called for calm, saying people should get back to earth as the path ahead would be bumpy.
A silent killer
Friday,  Oct 2,2015,16:12 (GMT+7)
Research by a Harvard University team shows the number of premature deaths connected to coal ash in Vietnam is around 4,300 per year and the figure could rise to 25,000 per year if the coal-fueled power projects that are now underway come on stream. While foreign countries have been switching from fossil fuels to renewable energy, Vietnam is bucking the global trend. In the Power Master Plan VII, the proportion of electricity from coal-fired stations will rise from 54% in 2020 to 62% in 2030, according to a recent conference on coal and coal-fired power generation in Hanoi.
Monopoly grip
Friday,  Sep 25,2015,20:55 (GMT+7)
Doubt hangs over a Government plan to form a competitive electricity market as Vietnam Electricity Group (EVN), the nation’s power monopoly, seems to be doing all it can to undo the plan.
Tax loopholes
Friday,  Sep 18,2015,19:19 (GMT+7)
While most enterprises are struggling to earn some profit and fulfill tax obligations due to protracted economic woes, some firms may just choose to get away with huge unpaid tax sums. The tax agency under the Ministry of Finance should have tracked them down to force them to observe tax regulations.
Friday,  Sep 11,2015,10:50 (GMT+7)
Energy groups are quick to complain about the impact of exchange rate fluctuations, which they claim have caused huge losses for them. They have floated the possibility of adding those losses to their production costs. However, their intention has drawn fire from the public as they are not the only ones who have suffered from the fall of the Vietnam dong currency against the U.S. dollar.
Pork safety risk
Friday,  Sep 4,2015,19:00 (GMT+7)
The use of illegal substances by pig farmers to stimulate growth or to produce lean meat has gone unchecked for years. However, the situation has worsened, sparking consumers’ concerns over the harmful effects of those substances such as headache, anxiety, insomnia, nausea and hypertension.
A headache
Friday,  Aug 28,2015,08:50 (GMT+7)
Millions of employers and workers in Vietnam must be suffering stress as their representatives have been clashing over how much the region-based minimum wages should be raised next year. Every year, the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs and organizations including the Vietnam General Confederation of Labor (VGCL) on behalf of workers and the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) representing employers meet to discuss a minimum wage spike. This year they have had a tense discussion as they have not comprised.
As chaotic as ever
Friday,  Aug 21,2015,13:39 (GMT+7)
When the education ministry introduced a new rule that no longer requires costly and stressful college and university entrance examinations, both parents and students took a deep sigh of relief. Under the ministry’s current regulations, high school graduates use their graduation exam scores to apply for admission to university, instead of having to sit in university entrance exams following torturous graduation tests.
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