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Vocational schools deserve autonomy

Update: January, 03/2014 - 08:10

Engineering students at the HCM City Vocational Training College. Many vocational schools in Viet Nam are asking for administrative autonomy that would enable them to enroll students, invest and raise training quality to better match market demand. — VNA/VNS Photo Phuong Vy

HCM CITY — Vocational schools should be given administrative autonomy, according to the head of the supervision team of the National Assembly Committee for Culture, Education, Youth and Children.

Dr. Le Van Hoc said at a meeting last week that there was no need for the General Department of Vocational Training to manage all curricula, tests and records.

Huynh Thanh Khiet, deputy head of HCM City's Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, said the city has 430 vocational schools with 300,000 graduates each year.

Khiet said that vocational schools have faced difficulties in enrollment in recent years.

Le Van Kiem, rector of the Ton Duc Thang Vocational Training College, said that two-year training programmes at universities had affected enrolment at vocational schools.

Universities should stop the two-year training programmes in order to help vocational schools enroll learners, Kiem said.

Khiet said that vocational training quality had failed to meet the enterprises' demand.

The training still had not matched the city's human resource and socio-economic development plan, he added.

Moreover, counselling on vocational training for high school students had not been effective, he said.

Mai Thi Thanh Thuy, rector of the Le Thi Rieng Vocational School, said that the assistance to students had been insufficient.

The team asked universities to report about their facilities, including the usage of machines in training. They were also asked about their cooperation with enterprises in training.

Nguyen Le Dinh Hai, head of the Nguyen Truong To Vocational College's training division, said that most enterprises have not taken the initiative to co-operate in setting up curricula for vocational schools.

Finding internships for learners at enterprises had not been easy, and ensuring working places for learners has also been a challenge.

Current laws do not penalise vocational training institutions for any violations they commit, Hai said.

Khiet suggested that the State reduce or exempt tariffs on enterprises that cooperate in vocational training.

Owners of vocational training schools should also take initiatives to sign agreements with enterprises and advertise their schools, he added. — VNS



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