March, 23 2012 09:15:00

Universities to have self-control rights

HA NOI — Lawmakers yesterday agreed that universities should be given self control rights during a discussion on university education laws at the National Assembly's Standing Committee.

"Universities should have the right to decide their enrolment scale and take responsibility for the quality of education," said NA Vice Chairman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan.

Most participants agreed that self-control rights given to universities and open audits of education quality should be features of the law. The law should also regulate specific criterion, standards, classification of universities based on position, role and function.

NA Deputy Chairman Uong Chu Luu added that self-control rights would help universities by increasing their strong points and potential with an aim to increase the quality of education.

"However, a roadmap should be made when giving rights to universities and the law should have more sanctions for quality control and assessment," said Luu.

Many said that the law should regulate the grading of universities as a necessary trend for development. Grading universities would motivate leading institutions by encouraging competition and development.

As for university teacher regulations, they must have a master's degree or above. Minister of Education and Training Pham Vu Luan said that the sector did not have enough skilled teachers for universities. For this reason, the ministry must select teachers from top graduates and train them.

Chairman of the NA Law Committee Phan Trung Ly said that universities would not find enough teachers with the demanding regulation that all teachers possess a postgraduate degree.

Many deputies said that priorities should be given to develop the country's two national universities. They also agreed to not change the names of the two national universities and the law should have specific criterion, functions and tasks for the two leading education centres of the country.

The draft law is expected to be submitted for the NA's discussion and approval at its next meeting.

Opposing views

The debate on the revised trade union law contained opposite views relating to labour union rights in Viet Nam.

Many deputies, including NA Vice Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, Chairman of the Finance and State Budget Committee Phung Quoc Hien and President of the Viet Nam General Confederation of Labour Dang Ngoc Tung, said that the law should encourage foreigners to join Viet Nam trade unions.

Chairman of the National Defence and Security Committee Nguyen Kim Khoa stressed an opposing view that the law should clearly regulate foreign labourers, providing them with no rights to establish their own unions or join existing ones. Article 51 of the Constitution states that foreigners who live in Viet Nam are protected by the Government of Viet Nam.

NA Deputy Chairman Huynh Ngoc Son said that foreigners working in Viet Nam should only have the right to join existing trade unions but not to establish their own.

The committee yesterday also adopted the Ordinance on merging legal documents with 100 per cent of participants' approval and discussed the State Audit's proposal for changing its Audit Magazine to Audit Newspaper. — VNS

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