All ready for all-important university entrance examinations

More than 1.9 million students will participate in the university entrance examination in the few next days in Vietnam. They have poured into Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City with fervent hopes of passing the most important examination of their lives.

More than 1.9 million students will participate in the university entrance examination in the few next days in Vietnam. They have poured into Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City with fervent hopes of passing the most important examination of their lives.

Hanoi’s Electricity Company promised not to cut power in the entire city during the examination, while traffic wardens said they would ensure that traffic flow not to become congested. Hanoi has temporarily banned trucks with a loading capacity of over one ton and passenger coaches with over 30 seats during the morning and afternoon rush hours. All vehicles will be prohibited from parking on streets in front of schools where examinations take place.

Examinees and relatives search for test sites on a map (Photo: SGGP)
Examinees and relatives search for test sites on a map (Photo: SGGP)

Around 7,000 students who volunteered to assist contestants were present at bus stations and universities to welcome the test takers and their relatives. Competitors can find free or cheap rented houses in Hanoi via the website: www.thapluatraitim.vn

Meanwhile, some 4,000 volunteers of the program Giving Strength in the Exam Season began their assignments at bus and train stations in the city to welcome examinees with maps, transport and help in finding suitable lodgings, even take them to cheap available rented houses in Ho Chi Minh City.

Quach Hai Dat, director of the Vietnam Student Association's HCMC Student Assistance Center, said 40,000 lodgings are ready including 7,000 free rooms for disadvantaged candidates.

CT Group said it will provide 1,500 free places lodging to candidates who take examinations in schools in districts 1, 3, 5,10, Binh Thanh, Phu Nhuan and Go Vap; while those testing at facilities in suburban districts 9 and Thu Duc can reside in dormitories at Vietnam National University - Ho Chi Minh City and  Nong Lam University (University of Agricultural Engineering).

The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee and relevant agencies were asked to help students participating in the university entrance examination. This year, some 593,000 high school graduates will take three all-important university entrance examinations. 214,000 students taking Option A (math, chemistry and physics) will test on July 4 and 5.

Approximately 193,000 students will take Options A, B (math, chemistry and biology), C (literature, history and geography) and D (English, literature and math). Gifted schools will participate in a second wave of examinations, for entrance into art academies. Students can still apply for other schools which offer the same options. For instance, Option B students can apply to the University of Natural Sciences or to Nong Lam University (University of Agricultural Engineering).

A hot line (08)38295173 is available to help newcomers to the city who are missing essential documents.

Activities were launched all over Vietnam to help competitors. The Mekong delta city of Can Tho has provided over 10,000 free or cheap places of lodging in districts Ninh Kieu, Cai Rang and Binh Thuy.

The Buddhist Shangha’s Management Board of the central province of Thua Thien – Hue agreed to supply 1,600 vegetarian meals to competitors who will test at Quoc Hoc and Hai Ba Trung. Thuan Thanh Commercial and Service Cooperative issued 10,000 food discount coupons to students.

The Bus Company in the central province of Binh Dinh announced it would give examinees a reduction of over 40 percent.

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