The Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) has recently released a draft decree revising Decree 86 of 2018, focusing on regulations on management of joint education programs toward higher efficiency and transparency.
|A group discussion of pupils of the British International School Hanoi during their history class__Photo: vietnamnet.vn|
Worthy of note, the draft adds private preschool education institutions and private general education institutions to the list of entities allowed to conduct joint education activities with foreign parties.
To ease financial burden of investors investing in the education sector during the early stage when the educational institutions established under their projects still operate below student admission capacity, the draft allows investors to disburse investment capital according to a set roadmap but requires them to commit to completing the contribution of investment capital within five years after obtaining an operation license.
For the sake of learners, the MOET requires educational institutions to make public information relating to joint education activities such as those on foreign education programs and accreditation of these programs, foreign teachers, and citizenship of learners.
Besides, foreign-invested education institutions and foreign-invested education institutions using foreign education programs for Vietnamese students for the first time would have to make registration with competent agencies.
Under the draft, a foreign education program to be taught in Vietnam must satisfy several requirements. Firstly, it must have its quality accredited or recognized in its home country. Secondly, it must not have any contents that cause harms to national defense, public security or public interests, disseminate religious beliefs, distort history, or negatively affect the culture, ethics and fine traditions and customs of Vietnam. Thirdly, it must ensure transferability between education grades and training levels. In addition, foreign education programs for Vietnamese students must conform with educational objectives of Vietnam.
Provincial-level People’s Committees would be responsible for managing, inspecting, supervising and evaluating results of cooperation and investment in the education sector, as well as settling complaints and denunciations, and handling violations related to joint education activities in their localities.- (VLLF)