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14/04/2020 - 08:00

Conquering the peak of knowledge

Experienced, brave in contests, the "golden boys" of Quoc Hoc High School for the Gifted have won high prizes in the national and international contests. This promises to be a bumper year of medals when there are good students, good teachers, and they share the passion for conquering the peak of knowledge.

Honoring students winning the national prizes

Golden twins and Ho Viet Duc

In the National Excellent Student Contest in the school year 2019-2020, Thua Thien Hue team had 52 out of 75 students participating in the contest, who won prizes, with three first prizes, 13 second prizes, 18 third prizes and 18 consolation prizes. Strangely, not the whole team was the students of Quoc Hoc High School for the Gifted, but the excellence belonged to the physics team with the twins Tong Phuoc Thanh An, Tong Phuoc Thanh Binh, who won the gold medals, and Ho Viet Duc, who won the remaining gold medal in biology.

The two brothers Thanh Binh and Thanh An won high prizes for two consecutive years at the national excellent student contests. In the 2018-2019 school year, Thanh Binh won the first prize, and Thanh An the second national prize in physics. This school year, both brothers receive the first prizes with fairly high scores. Binh gets 25.6 points, ranking 2 nd, and An 23.6, ranking 8th nationwide.

Also in the national excellent student contest in the 2019 – 2020 school year, the physics team in Quoc Hoc High School for the Gifted took 8 prizes (reaching the rate of 100%). The physics team with up to 4 students, Thanh Binh, Thanh An, Phan Van Long and Le Cong Minh Hieu (who won the bronze medal in the Asian Physics Olympiad 2019 and was exempt from the exam), continue to join the team of the International Physics Olympiad in March 2020 in the second round 2. A beautiful dream is for a team of excellent students in physics.

In the 2018-2019 school year, in 11th grade, Duc won the first prize in the provincial 12th grade and the national second prize in biology. Especially in the national contest of excellent students in the 2019 – 2020 school year, with a score of 35.35, Ho Viet Duc brought pride to Thua Thien Hue education sector with the 1st prize in biology. Duc is also the runner-up of the "Red Laurel", the program organized by Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union of Quoc Hoc High School for the Gifted in concert with former students.

Excellent students and teachers’ role

The contest of excellent students in the 2019-2020 school year shows that the quality of excellent students in Thua Thien Hue has improved as the number of students, who won high prizes, grew compared with the previous year. Currently, Quoc Hoc High School for the Gifted ranks 15 th out of 63 provinces and cities. In the Central region, it ranks 3rd after Ha Tinh and Nghe An.

That the twins, Thanh Binh and Thanh An, took an exam together and won the first prize is a rare case. Right from a young age, the two brothers had a passion for physics, loved to explore the phenomena in nature, study machinery and technology. As a student of biology-majoring class, Ho Viet Duc never thought of only focusing on learning a few subjects. He always knows how to enrich knowledge for himself in many fields. All the three students have comprehensive academic performances and always get the title “excellent student”.

Recalling Le Cong Minh Hieu, it is widely thought that teacher Quoc Anh “made a good diagnosis”. Hieu was an excellent student, but because of psychological instability in the contest, he did not win a high prize. Teacher Anh found that for lack of the skills, Hieu improperly applied the knowledge to the exam papers.

The teacher and student had hard-working days. Hieu was trained more to do exam papers, and the teacher pointed out the mistakes for Hieu to rectify. Young Hieu is no longer obsessed with the proverb "To learn by talent, to exam by God".

Quoc Hoc High School for the Gifted has 140 teachers, 82 of whom have a Master’s degree. Most teachers are young. They have good "input" and good pedagogical university degrees.

Evaluating the teaching staff, Principal of Quoc Hoc High School for the Gifted said that with enthusiasm, passion for knowledge, research and teaching materials to improve lectures, the teachers are highly qualified and zealous with students. However, it still takes a lot of time to enhance the qualification and accumulate experience.

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Mr. Nguyen Tan, Director of the Department of Education and Training, affirmed that improving the key education quality has been developed by the province from the primary to high school education level to detect gifted students for giving them intensive training and fostering. Right from the time when students enter the first grade of the educational level, the schools have instructed teachers to promptly detect capable students to provide them with proper fostering. At the same time, the exams and contests for student assessment is, in substance, to adjust teaching and learning, and gradually improve the educational quality.

In the 2018 – 2019 school year, under the guidance of the Department of Education and  Training, recently, Quoc Hoc High School for the Gifted has invited good teachers in many localities to come back to brush up on good students’ knowledge. Socialization work has also been done to focus resources on students going to Hanoi to cram for international qualifiers. This year, the school also had many overseas materials bought to serve a number of international exam subjects.

Teacher Nguyen Phu Tho said a number of incentive policies for teachers have also been implemented. For example, to improve qualification, teachers who are included in the plan will be provided with training budget according to the provincial regulations. Each year, 5-7 teachers of Quoc Hoc High School for the Gifted study for a Master's degree.

Some teachers find scholarships abroad to improve their qualification when some subjects are required to teach in English. Additionally, in order to enhance the quality of the teaching staff, the direction of the school is to find qualified teachers from other schools in order to propose the recruitment to the Department of Education and Training.

Story and photo: HUE THU