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Nobel Laureate says education key to Vietnam’s world integration
IMHO, the urgent thing to do now: The educational ministry needs to put in place a campaign to validate suspicious advanced degree holders, and toughly prosecute them. The best place to start is in state-owned enterprises. That way, it will serve as good example to deter others from faking their degrees. That would be a good start to deal with this dangerous epidemic. It makes VNese education system look very bad.
===================================================Heal the educational epidemic in Vietnam: scholarVietnam’s education system has been decimated by fake certificates and diplomas, which arise from the fact that they are prerequisites for promotion in state agencies.
Veteran columnist Tran Bach Dang, author of many revolutionary stories on society’s burning issues, shares some of his insights in local Tuoi Tre newspaper. Excerpts:
Many opinions in the press and conferences consider the traditional respect for academic titles and diplomas as one of the causes to invent doctorate diplomas and professorships in Vietnam.Unusual results
For many years now, graduation results in primary, secondary and high schools have shown unusual trends of 98-100 percent.
It’s clear that the results are not authentic, and rather than being a positive aspect, they shoot down both the human dignity and the nation’s educational quality.
An incumbent provincial leader told me that his son, who was quite illiterate, passed every exam he took.
Asked why he didn’t tell the universities to disqualify him from receiving certificates, he smiled and said, “It would make my son miserable!”
Recent graduation exams at high schools in northern Ha Tay and southern An Giang province have exposed such rampant cheating that newly-elected Minister of Education hastily arrived there to attempt to solve the matter.Self-learning rather than indignant diplomas
I have read letters written by numerous doctors, whose writings were fraught with spelling mistakes and disorganization, rendering them nearly incomprehensible.
The problem is deepened by the party’s regulations which require academic diplomas as prerequisites for promotion.
The situation, at a national level, is exhibiting a serious lack of respect for self-learning, which had long been lauded during the times of feudalism, under French colonialism, and in the revolutionary period.
Self-learning to improve personal knowledge is the burning desire of true scholars, who work on their own in libraries to supplement their knowledge and skills.
In daily life, there are countless people that are without academic titles, but still make immense contributions to the society, the party and the nation. Some, even our top leaders, have revealed a talent for leadership.
I have a special affinity for a true example of self study by An Chi, author of “East stories, West stories” in Kien Thuc Ngay Nay (Contemporary knowledge) Magazine.
Chi, who taught at the primary school and is self taught, having never set foot on a university campus.
The country needs more responsible men, who fulfill tasks, not those who fake doctorates and have no competent ability.
Of course, people should study if they have the chance, but I think the party central committee should change the regulations.
Certificates and diplomas are only one form of measure in a learned society, but taking these as rules for ability or promotion is a non-revolutionary act, out of line with civilizations worldwide.