HA NOI (VNS)— People who teach extra classes without a valid work permit will be fined VND10-20 million ($470-950), a quadruple increase from the current level.
The new fine is part of a draft decree on administrative fines in the education sector compiled by the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) that seeks to replace the Government Decree 49 and Decree 40.
The fine mentioned in those decrees was too low to deter violators, MoET announced on its website.
However, both teachers and students' parents argued that the proposed increase was not enough.
Nguyen Minh Hang, a teacher at the Thinh Quang Primary School in Ha Noi, said that a teacher could earn over VND10 million ($470) a month from teaching extra classes, so he or she would not feel threatened by a fine of VND10-20 million ($470-950).
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"It only takes a teacher a month to earn back that amount, so they would likely continue to teach extra classes despite the fine," she said.
At present, Hang said, extra classes are teachers' main source of income, so raising teachers' income would be a more effective way to reduce violations.
"If their income is stable, they might not offer extra classes and we would not see so many violations," she said.
Tran Thanh Nhu, a resident in Tu Liem District whose son is in sixth grade, said that students sign up for extra classes because they feel burdened by the curriculum, so MoET should reduce the amount of subjects students have to learn.
More inspections would be better than administrative fines, she added.
In an inspection in the beginning of this school year, MoET discovered hundreds of illegal extra classes at various levels. — VNS