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Pandemic hits Vietnamese students' exam hopes

Coronavirus outbreak disrupts education as poor children cannot access online classes

UCA News reporter, Hue

UCA News reporter, Hue

Updated: April 17, 2020 07:11 AM GMT
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Pandemic hits Vietnamese students' exam hopes

High school students take online lessons at their home in Ho Chi Minh City on April 9. (Photo: UCA News)

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Joseph Pham Minh Cuong daily tunes in to lessons broadcast on local television and radio stations at home to avoid the coronavirus contagion. There is no internet service in his area, so he cannot join online classes.

“I am very disappointed with the quality of lessons that are interrupted several times by poor cellular signals,” said Cuong, a 12th grader at a high school in Thua Thien Hue province’s Phu Loc district.

The 18-year-old student, who has to take nine subjects to finish the second semester, said it is hard to understand the lessons completely as there is little interaction between students and teachers.

All schools in Vietnam have been closed indefinitely since February to stem the Covid-19 outbreak after the country's first case was reported on Jan. 23.

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