Schools to slash enrollments because of new rules
  • | Tuoi Tre | December 30, 2011 07:07 PM

Higher education institutions across the country say they will have to reduce enrollments for the next academic year following the recent release of a circular by the Ministry of Education and Training. 
This file photo shows students looking at an exam room map at the Ho Chi Minh City Medicine and Pharmacy University in July's national university entrance exams.
The rule stipulates that enrollments at higher education levels must be commensurate with a school’s own campus size and number of full-time lecturers.

Local education experts and university managements have complained the new regulation is too challenging since most of the schools have to lease teaching spaces while faculty members mainly comprise part-time lecturers.

Vo Van Tuan, head of academic affairs at Van Lang University, insists the school will definitely slash enrollments in the 2012-13 school year.

Admissions at Luong The Vinh which is located in the northern province of Nam Dinh will be cut by about 14 percent next year, vice president Dang The Huy told Nguoi Lao Dong newspaper.

Acceptance rates will also go down at Thanh Tay University based in Hanoi, vice president Hoang Huu Nguyen said, adding the number of new enrolees will decrease by 17 percent.

Chu Van An University in the northern province of Hung Yen now plans to bring down new enrollments by almost 30 percent.

Enrollments at Vietnamese junior colleges and universities often rise 5 percent to 10 percent each year, a rate which Education Minister Pham Vu Luan denounces as too high and thus must be lowered to ensure quality.

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