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Lawmakers seek to narrow skills, productivity gap

Update: November, 06/2014 - 08:58
The productivity of Vietnamese workers was ranked among the lowest in the region.— VNA/VNS Photo Vu Sinh

HA NOI (VNS) — Lawmakers yesterday stressed the need for measures to solve the paradox between the skills and productivity of Vietnamese workers.

During discussions on revisions to the Law on Vocational Training, a number of National Assembly deputies expressed concern over Vietnamese workers who have always received a high evaluation for skills but received a low evaluation for productivity in the entire Southeast Asian region.

Nguyen Thanh Hai of northern Hoa Binh Province said Vietnamese workers usually took top prizes in regional vocational contests, citing the Vietnamese delegation that ranked first at the recent ASEAN Skills Competition held here last month, with 15 gold medals.

However, the productivity of Vietnamese workers was ranked among the lowest in the region and was 15 times lower than that of their counterparts in Singapore, Hai noted.

She blamed improper vocational targets and structure, which had failed to meet reality and the labour market's requirements, for the paradox.

She sought detailed regulations on career education and research to determine the principles of workers' recruitment.

The deputies also proposed detailed regulations to encourage and attract students to vocational schools such as exemption or reduction in tuition fees, vocational assistance for the underprivileged and preferential policies for vocational school graduates.

They also sought clarification on the State management of vocational training, with some saying the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) should take charge while others saying the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) should take charge.

Pham Thi Hai of southern Dong Nai Province said that since the MOET was in charge of all education and training nationwide, it would be more synchronous to assign the ministry to build the vocational training programme from kindergarten to undergraduate levels.

Also, the distribution of the State budget for education and training will be easier, she added.

Le Thi Nguyet of northern Vinh Phuc Province insisted that the MOLISA should be in charge, since the ministry had been assigned to cover the management of vocational training nationwide.

Because of unresolved controversies, the deputies have asked the National Assembly to reject the draft law at the 8th session.

Laws on VFF and

Also yesterday, the lawmakers discussed the draft of the revised Law on the Viet Nam Fatherland Front (VFF) and the draft Law on the Election of National Assembly and People's Council representatives.

A number of representatives were in favour of explicitly highlighting the role and position of the VFF in the regulation, specifying that it is an organisation that connects the Party and State with the people.

They asked for clarification on how the VFF and publicly-elected bodies exert their respective supervisory functions in order to avoid overlaps.

In a chapter on the VFF's duty to provide comments on social affairs, a representative suggested that its purpose, process and concerned parties be identified and added.

Regarding amendments to the Law on the Election of National Assembly and People's Council representatives, the lawmakers called for a list of requirements that prospective NA deputies should meet to make it easier to screen potential candidates. — VNS

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