VietNamNet Bridge – The heads of the Ministry of Education and Training
(MOET) met the representatives from non-state owned schools on March 5 to
discuss the solutions to rescue the schools from sinking. However, the efforts
No concrete agreement has been reached by the watchdog agency and the non-state
owned schools’ association. The solutions suggested by the association have been
rejected by the ministry, which said that the schools should not set up too easy
requirements on students, which would lead to the low quality of graduates.
The non-state owned schools have immediately reacted to the decisions by MOET,
emphasizing that they have the right to enroll students, set up curricular and
take responsibility for their graduates’ qualification.
Non-state owned schools claim for their rights
Unable to enroll students, thus having pushed against the wall, non-state owned
schools want to improve the situation by lowering the requirements on students
in order to increase the supply.
The schools have suggested that MOET should either to remove the national
university entrance exams and give schools the right to organize exams to enroll
students themselves, or remove the floor mark scheme.
Under the current regulations, students must obtain the exam marks equal to the
floor marks stipulated annually by MOET at minimum in order to be eligible for
enrolling in any university in Vietnam. The scheme, as non-state owned schools
think, makes the supply of students short.
The decision by MOET, which, in the name of the training quality, rejected the
floor mark scheme removal, has been facing a strong opposition from non-state
Dr. Dao Van Luong, President of the Saigon University of Technology, said the
MOET’s argument is unreasonable. In principle, all the high school graduates can
continue studying at the university education level.
Luong also said he does not think the qualification of graduates heavily depends
on the input students’ quality. In principle, universities themselves have to
take responsibility for their graduates’ quality, while it should not be the job
Dr. Nguyen Van Phuc, President of the Mien Dong International School, said that
non-state owned schools have been put at a disadvantage when their enrolment
plan depends on the floor marks set up by MOET.
He said that the floor mark scheme would attract most students to state owned
schools, while non-state owned schools would have no more students to enroll.
The best solution, according to Phuc, is that non-state owned schools should be
allowed to enroll students themselves, not depending on the national university
Meanwhile, the representative from another people-founded school agreed that
it’d be better not to remove the floor mark scheme, but he said MOET should set
up the floor marks in a reasonable way in order to ensure that both state owned
and non-state owned schools have students to enroll.
He went on to say that the floor mark is just one factor that allows finding out
the quality of the input students, while the lowering of the floor marks does
not mean the lowering of the training quality.
Dr. Bui Tran Phuong, President of the Hoa Sen University, stressed that MOET
needs to be sure that the University Education Law is respected, which means
that schools have the autonomy in enrolling students.
The first people-founded school was established 20 years ago. To date, Vietnam
has had 81 non-state owned universities and junior colleges.