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Da Nang sues students for breaking contracts

Update: October, 03/2015 - 09:48
The Da Nang Centre for Promotion of Human Resources Development has sued seven people who have been sponsored to study abroad but refused to work for the local authority as committed. — Illustrative Image vnexpress.net
DA NANG  (VNS) — The Da Nang Centre for Promotion of Human Resources Development has sued seven people who have been sponsored to study abroad but refused to work for the local authority as committed.

If the centre wins the case, the students will be forced to pay back more than VND10 billion (US$440,000) to the city, it said.

They are among beneficiaries of the Project 922, which was launched by the city's authority in 2004 with the target of having high-quality managerial officials.

Undergraduates and graduate student were selected to get trained domestically or abroad, supported by the city's fund. They must commit to work for city agencies for seven years if they study abroad and five years if they study locally. Those who breach contracts will face penalties, which could be five times higher than the money they initially received.

On Monday, the municipal People's Court opened trials on two beneficiaries Ho Viet Luan, 24, and Huynh Thi Thanh Tra, 29. The two were forced to pay back VND2.7 billion ($118,800) and VND3.1 billion ($136,400) respectively for violating the contracts.

According to the lawsuit, Luan joined the project and was given VND2.7 billion ($118,800) for the duration of four years at the UK since 2010. However, after graduation, he has not returned to work for the city as committed.

The centre has informed Luan and his family about the compensation, which was equal to the fund he's received for his study. However, the centre has not received a reply.

The case of Tra is similar. Tra was supported with more than VND1.5 billion ($66,000) to study at the US. After graduation in 2012, she asked for an extension for two years for her master's degree, which was paid on her own. The requirement was approved by the city.

By now, she has not come back to the country, claiming that she must work abroad for three years to pay for her school fee. The centre is demanding the compensation of VND3.1 billion ($136,400).

The court will work on the next five cases in the future.

Since Project 922 was launched in 2004, about 630 people have received the scholarship. Only half of them have returned to work for the city agencies.

Bui Van Tieng, head of the Personnel Department of the Party Committee said that the city would create the best conditions for those who returned to work for the city while strictly apply penalties on violators. — VNS

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