return icon

HCMC student obtains maximum score in exam for international diploma

Phan Ngoc Chau Anh, a student at Tran Dai Nghia High School in HCM City for the gifted, received the maximum score of nine for three subjects: English, Mathematics and Natural Sciences.


Phan Ngoc Chau Anh


Anh is the first student in Vietnam and among a few globally who received the maximum score on the exam for Pearson Edexcel IGCSE in the 2020-2021 academic year.

With these achievements, Anh has won a scholarship to attend a summer research program for talented students at California’s Irvine University, worth VND200 million.

With the scholarship, Anh has the opportunity to learn and participate in research work of leading professors in the US.

In 2020-2021, HCM City had more than 200 students following the English integrated teaching program under Pearson Edexcel IGCSE. One hundred percent of students got a ‘pass’ for all subjects. At least 98 percent of students got a good or higher mark in English. The figures were 98 percent for mathematics and 82 percent for the Sciences.

About 75 percent of students got an excellent score, compared with the 65 percent figure globally.

Pearson Edexcel International GCSEs is an international certificate granted to students finishing general education in accordance with the British program. The certificate has the same value as British GCSE and is recognized all over the world.

Nguyen Van Hieu, Director of the HCM City Education and Training Department, said that, in order to prepare high-quality human resources for the city, foreign language skills are compulsory. The program on teaching Mathematics and Sciences in English has become an important part of HCM City’s education in the past few years.

Hieu said that students in the city have shown their high capability in English and have gained high achievements. The achievements are very encouraging if noting that students had to study online in 2020 and 2021 because of the pandemic.

He said that the high scores students got from Pearson Edexcel show the abilities of the students in the city and the efforts of the units that chose the teachers and organized teaching under such conditions.

Emma Whale, Vice President of Pearson, confirmed that HCM City’s students had higher scores than the global average score, and that the high scores in the Sciences and English (more than 75 percent of students got scores of 7, 8 and 9 in Mathematics) than in the previous year show the great effort made in teaching and supporting students. 

Minh Anh

Vietnamese graduate wins full scholarship to attend medical school in the US

Vietnamese graduate wins full scholarship to attend medical school in the US

After graduating from Wellesley College majoring in biochemistry, Trinh Mai Chi, with impressive research achievements, has won a full scholarship to study at Johns Hopkins, the world’s leading medical university.

Student who wants to 'save' the Mekong Delta wins scholarship in Europe

Student who wants to 'save' the Mekong Delta wins scholarship in Europe

Luu Nguyen Nguyet Minh is working on sustainable solutions to help solve Mekong Delta’s problems.  


U.S. recommends adding birthplace info to Vietnam’s new passport

The U.S. is still reviewing Vietnam’s new passport and has asked visa applicants to submit their birthplace information.


Vietnam logs 1,815 new coronavirus cases on August 13


Vietnamese firm reaches first partnership deal to develop eSports in Cambodia

Power shortage worries increase hunger for coal

Vietnam is maximising its coal mining output amid widespread power outages in the north.

Indicators ripe for wave of tech startup successes

Venture capital investment flows into Vietnam, particularly from Singapore, are on track to surpass the previous level, propelled by the country’s buoyant tech startup scene.

Tourism industry faces serious labor shortage

Because of low pay, many workers have left the tourism sector.

Industrial parks, economic zones absorb US$ 230 billion in foreign direct investment

Industrial parks (IPs) and economic zones (EZs) across the country have attracted nearly 11,000 foreign direct investment projects worth US$230 billion, according to Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Tran Quoc Phuong.

Property, fishery sectors face hardship as credit chokes

At a government-to-business conference held yesterday, representatives of business associations expressed their concern over being unable to access bank loans as banks are running out of credit growth quotas.

Utilising every opportunity to grow and overcome challenges

That is the message and guideline of Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung at the national conference on how to sustainably develop.

Outbound tours to Europe rocked by passport tangle

A number of Vietnamese outbound travel companies have already been affected by the decision of some European nations to not recognise Vietnam’s new passports.

Huynh Nguyen Mai Phuong becomes Miss World Vietnam 2022

Huynh Nguyen Mai Phuong was crowned Miss World Vietnam 2022 after surpassing 36 competitors at the finale held at MerryLand Quy Nhon in the south-central province of Binh Dinh on August 12.

Young people discover the universe via telescopes

Many young people have been spending time and money to buy telescopes and build rooftop observatories to admire the wonders of the universe.

Ample room remains for Vietnam’s exports to EU

There is still a lot of room for Vietnamese goods to expand their presence in the European Union (EU) market, but accessing its retail distribution systems is extremely important, heard a seminar in Ho Chi Minh City on August 11.

Vietnam yet rolls out Covid jabs for under-5s

Vietnam has yet planned to get younger kids aged under five vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the Ministry of Health (MoH).