Nguyen Thi Minh, deputy chairwoman of the NA Committee for Culture, Education, Youth and Children, spoke with Hai quan (Customs) newspaper about the thousands of graduates who are out of work.
In your opinion who should be blamed for such a bad situation?
Good planning must be given top priority because in our country, there is very weak input on human-resources. Planners cannot even project requirements for each sector for one year, let alone five years or even 10 to 15 years.
As a result, there is a mismatch between the graduates turned out by the education sector. This ranges from tertiary and higher education to vocational education with actual employment requirements.
In addition, I have to concede that many educational institutions have lavishly used taxpayers' money without a second thought on spending it wisely and efficiently so that students have a better chance of finding work.
So what should universities and colleges do to ensure a good match between inputs and outputs?
I think at the beginning of the school year, universities and colleges should give orientation courses to students focusing on the jobs available after graduation. During the course, the institutions should also think about how to connect students with jobs after they graduate.
In other words, it is very important to link theories with practice.The institutions should monitor students after they graduate to see if they can find work.
Can local government officials help institutions with projections on the need for human resources?
Local government officials should take the initiative in deciding what educational institutions will be housed in their localities by providing information about occupational requirements. If this was done properly, I think that after their graduation students could find jobs much more easily.
What about general education in Viet Nam?
The development of general education needs an overhaul. For most parents and children, the final learning objective is to enter universities. I think that idea must be changed. For students whose learning ability is weak, their parents should encourage them to enroll in vocational schools, not universities or colleges.
What do you think about existing human resource planning?
Planning must be the first step. Of course, good planning must be based on the real conditions in each locality. We cannot afford to leave good human resources planning sitting on a shelf. It is time to turn the best of our thoughts into reality. — VNS