Head of the Department of Higher Education under the Ministry of Education and Training Bui Anh Tuan spoke with the Vietnam News Agency about the training quality at universities and colleges.
The mission of higher education is to train highly-qualified human resources. However, there are students with weak learning capacities who can get university degrees via inter-college programmes. What measures have the ministry taken to curb this situation?
It's true that the situation is still happening in higher education. The ministry has issued Circular 55, which took effect earlier this year, requiring inter-college students to take exams and study the same curriculum. The ministry has also banned schools from creating their own curriculum for inter-college students.
This policy has caused controversy in the community because of its advantages and disadvantages, but the ministry has decided to carry out the policy to assure the quality of graduates.
There are also concerns over the quality of postgraduates. What is your opinion about this problem?
The ministry's viewpoint is to assure education quality, therefore we banned schools from hiring places to set up training programmes for masters degrees.
The ministry also conducted comprehensive inspections of postgraduate training in the last two years and revoked the operational licences of 27 schools. Earlier this year more than 161 programmes for training postgraduates have been halted.
The ministry will continue to inspect the education sector until the end of this year and will focus on all training college programmes next year.
It has been said that universities and colleges have failed to meet the nation's demand for human resources. Could you tell about the ministry's solution?
Last year, the ministry warned about redundant human resources in economics, trade management, accounting and auditing. As a result, the percentage of candidates registering for these branches has been reduced by 10 per cent compared to 2011.
This year, the ministry continued to give warning to these branches. The ministry has decided to stop granting licence to these training programmes and two other programmes for pedagogic training. — VNS