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Law to develop education sector

Update: February, 10/2012 - 10:05


FPT University students at work in Ha Noi. A law on higher education is being drafted in an attempt to improve quality. — VNA/VNS Photo Minh Tu
HA NOI — National Assembly chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung called upon scientists, experts and teachers to contribute to completing the draft law on higher education that will assure stability within the country's educational sector.

Hung said at a meeting with educational experts to work on the law held at the National Assembly yesterday.

He suggested experts and scientists should focus on analysing and evaluating the advantages and shortcomings of the draft law, stressing the importance of the law in developing the education sector, especially at tertiary level.

At the meeting, participants discussed six key issues, including the operation and classification of higher education institutes, their autonomy, the public private partnership (PPP) model applied in tertiary education, regulations and policies for teachers and educational managers. Right and obligations of students and state management of institutes was also discussed.

Autonomy and responsibilities of higher education institutes attracted the most attention from participants.

Dr Duong Van Sao from the University of Trade Unions said a university could hardly be creative in education and training activities if they did not have autonomy.

However, autonomy must exist under the provisions of law, or it would lead to profit-making and would fail to guarantee the quality of education provided.

Sao said the law should clearly stipulate that higher education institutes must comply with educational programmes and take full responsibility for their activities to minimise negative effects.

Former vice chairman of the Government Office and former secretary of the National Education Council Dr Tran Quoc Toan agreed, saying the legal framework for the autonomy of higher education institutions needed to be specific and contain three elements, including State management; the role of market mechanisms and self-governance of institutions.

Prof. Nguyen Xuan Bao, former rector at the University of Water Resources said these institutions should be classified and granted autonomy at different levels: full, half or none.

The draft law on high education has been submitted to the National Assembly on a previous occasion, and is again open for discussion before it is completed and submitted to the National Assembly in May. — VNS

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