State agencies refuse bachelors of private schools
Tran Tat Tiep, Director of the Interior Affairs Department of Nam Dinh province said that the local authorities have their reason to make the decision.
“We foresee that our decision would face the strong opposition from the public. However, I have to say that we have found out from preliminary assessment of candidates that non-state school students are not qualified enough, and their ability cannot be compared with the students from state owned schools,” Tiep said.
Dr Kieu Xuan Hung, Deputy President of the HCM City University of Technology (Hutech), which has two graduates refused by the Nam Dinh provincial authorities, said that the local authorities have made a mistake when following the formalism in choosing officers, while they should have tried to find out the real ability of candidates.
Hung said that good and bad students exist in every school, both state owned and non-state owned. Therefore, it is unreasonable to assess the capability of officers just by considering if they graduate from state owned or non-state schools.
“The way that Nam Dinh provincial authorities is following when recruiting officers is really unfair,” Hung said.
Dr Tran Hanh, President of the Lac Hong University in Dong Nai province, violently criticized the decision, saying that the policy on refusing private school bachelors will harm the national education.
“Will Nam Dinh recruit the people who graduate from foreign private schools, then?” he questioned.
Dang The Huy, Deputy President of the Luong The Vinh people founded University, said that he will petition to the Association of non-state owned Schools and the Ministry of Education and Training about the decision. He stressed that while the provincial agencies refuse Luong The Vinh’s students, enterprises and other institutions still have accepted the school’s graduates.
Not only educators, but students of non-state owned schools have also raised their voice protesting the decision.
Pham Truong Sinh, a fourth year student of Hutech, said that he knows a lot of private school graduates who have been succeeding in their business. Huynh Le Nguyen, Deputy Business Director of Toyota Dong Saigon Company, a Hutech graduate, for example, began working in 2002 and just after six years, became capable enough to take the post of business deputy director.
Hoang Thi Ngoc Quynh, also a Hutech graduate, once worked for the HCM City Youth Union after she finished school. In 2008, she set up a private company, while she is now the director of Dinh Cao Company, a company specializing in providing tax consultancy and accountancy services. Quynh’s company now has more than 100 regular clients.
The story about Duong Thanh Long, a student of FPT University, has become popular among students and educators. Several years ago, Long made a decision that surprised many people when he left the Hanoi University of Technology, a reputable state owned university, for FPT University, a private one.
“The Hanoi University of Technology was not as good as I previously thought. I had to take on too many subjects which I believe will not help me in my future career. Meanwhile, at the school, teaching foreign languages is not paid much attention,” Long explained his decision. “That made me feel that I wasted time studying there.”
Long believes that he made a right decision when leaving the Hanoi University of Technology for FPT. Finishing the school in 2011, Long became the only Vietnamese student who got Eramus Mundus scholarship, an honorable scholarship granted by the EU, worth 48,000 euro, or 1.5 billion dong. Every year, no more than 15-20 scholarships are granted worldwide.
Talking with reporters on October 19 afternoon before leaving for Czech and Australia to attend a training course to obtain master degree, Long stressed that the viewpoint that state owned school students are always good and non-state schools are always bad needs to be changed.