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First graders at the Ro Men Commune Primary School in Lam Dong Province. NA deputies discussed school curriculum and textbook revisions yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Quy Trung
HA NOI — National Assembly deputies yesterday suggested creating a Government agency to supervise the use of State funds by State-owned enterprises.

Deputies discussed possible changes to the draft Law on the Management and Use of State Capital during meetings yesterday morning. The law's Article 5 aims to make State investments in State-owned businesses more efficient, and ensure a level playing field with enterprises from other economic sectors.

Some said the law needed to better define how State capital was used by State-owned enterprises.

Question time for PM, Ministers

HA NOI — The Prime Minister, Nguyen Tan Dung, and four ministers will go before the National Assembly for three days in a question-and-answer session about matters under their control.

Chairman of the NA Office, Nguyen Hanh Phuc, said yesterday that the Cabinet members were the Ministers for Industry and Trade; Home Affairs; Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs; and the Minister of Transport.

The Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang is expected to be queried about the development of the support industry, market management and measures to stop smuggling.

He will also be asked about a programme for bio-fuel production and application.

The Minister of Home Affairs, Nguyen Thai Binh, will be required to clarify problems relating to administrative reform, the streamlining of the contingent of public servants, measures to raise productivity and salary reform.

Measures to tackle violations of labour laws, the management of foreign workers, unemployment and social security will be the main subjects in the Question-Answer session for Pham Thi Hai Chuyen, Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs.

Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang will have an opportunity to suggest ways of reducing traffic accidents, as well as the management of transport business activities.

The hearings will be held over three days. — VNS

Truong Van Vo from Dong Nai Province said Viet Nam needed to overcome its weaknesses in managing State capital, particularly in big corporations. The country was in the middle of structural reforms that would affect public finances, he said, so it was important to create a Government agency to correctly manage State enterprises.

"This should be considered a breakthrough in the management of these enterprises," Vo said. "We can separate the management of State funding for enterprises from ownership."

Deputy Tran Ngoc Vinh from Hai Phong said the law also failed to specify which sectors the State should focus on, adding that investing in specific areas was essential during a time of economic restructuring and social stabilisation.

He added that with negotiations on 15 free-trade deals were expected to end by 2020, Viet Nam was set to become a key link in an expansive economic network, including 18 APEC member economies.

Vinh said the law-compilation committee needed to clearly state sectors that did not need Government investments and those that needed to be fully funded.

Deputy Do Van Ve from the northern province of Thai Binh said the Government should erase a clause that says the representative office and State management office cannot interfere in enterprises' production and business.

He asked the law-compiling committee to specify more about the responsibilities of officers and ownership representatives when managing State enterprise investments.

"This is an important condition that will ensure production efficiency while adding more value to the State capital investment in the enterprises," Ve said.

Textbook reforms

In the afternoon, deputies discussed the draft law on the promulgation of legal documents and a proposal on textbook reforms.

Most agreed it was necessary to issue the law based on the amendment, supplement and combination between the Law on the Promulgation of Legal Documents in 2008 and the Law on the Promulgation of Legal Documents of the People's Councils and the People's Committees in 2004.

Deputy Dao Van Binh from Ha Noi said it was essential to define which authority can issue legal documents and reduce the number of authorised agencies in charge of doing this. He also called for the simplification of law-issuance procedures.

Deputy Tran Du Lich from HCM City said many contents of the draft law were not suitable to the current constitution. He said Article 13 stipulating that the People's Councils, not the Government, could issue policies was unreasonable.

Deputy Huynh Ngoc Anh from HCM City said the draft law stipulating that the chief justice of the Supreme Court would not be able to promulgate legal documents would lead to disagreement among local courts nationwide. She asked the drafting committee to consider the issue carefully.

Commenting on the content of the renovation programme on textbooks and curriculum, most deputies said there was a need to create them with reformed contents, including methods of teaching and holding examinations.

Deputy Huynh Minh Thien from HCM City said to comprehensively renew the education programme meant renewing textbooks, pedagogy and staff management.This would require a specific roadmap.

Most agreed with a plan for many textbooks, saying this would be more suitable for different people in different regions. They suggested that four to five sets of textbooks would be appropriate.

However, deputies disagreed with an initiative that the Ministry of Education and Training join in the compilation of textbooks because this would not be objective.

They also asked the drafting committee to assess the quality of current textbooks before setting up a roadmap for the renovation of the education programme. — VNS

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