Education Ministry wants to eliminate civil service policy for teachers

Last update 07:05 | 19/06/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – Under a plan drawn up by the Ministry of Education & Training (MOET), teachers will no longer be civil servants and will work under labor contracts.

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MOET Minister Phung Xuan Nha said in order to improve education quality, it is necessary to upgrade teaching staff. In order to attract and retain good teachers, it is necessary to offer attractive remuneration policy. Meanwhile, the lifetime recruitment policy does not encourage teachers to improve.

“It is the right time to give schools autonomy in recruiting teachers and assessing their staff, and the right time to apply the labor contract policy on a trial basis,” Nha said.

He cited the resolution on education reform as saying that teachers must be assessed based on their contribution and capability, and that unqualified teachers must be dismissed to ensure high quality.

Presenting the plan on before the National Assembly some days ago, Nha affirmed that the plan has been applauded by agencies and education establishments.

Under a plan drawn up by the Ministry of Education & Training (MOET), teachers will no longer be civil servants and will work under labor contracts.

NA deputies said it is necessary to think very carefully about the plan. Nguyen Lan Hieu from An Giang said he doesn’t agree with the idea to remove the civil service policy applied to the education and healthcare sectors.

“If you visit rural and remote areas and meet teachers and physicians who have been staying there for most of their life, you will understand that they stay not because of  love for their careers, but because of the belief that they are civil servants, the officers of the state apparatus,” he said.

When the civil service policy is no longer applied to teachers and healthcare officers, headmasters of schools and directors of hospitals will have the full right to employ or dismiss workers.

If the heads of schools and hospitals don’t have high qualifications and morals, this will be just like ‘setting the fox to mind the chicken’.

“Removing the civil service mechanism in the education sector is not as important as reforming education,” he said. “Reforming education is a must as so many problems in education have been exposed.”

Meanwhile, many university students have expressed their concern that the removal of the civil service policy would lead to higher training costs and tuition.

Under MOET’s plan, the removal would be applied first to several universities and high schools.

The application of the labor contract policy will help reduce the state’s budget on education and training.

However, as the state budget is cut, tuition will have to be raised.

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About Trần Đình Hoành

I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development ( I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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