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Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung signs a decree

Free education for Marxism students


Philosophy students will not have to pay university tuition fees under a new scheme aimed at encouraging more people to embrace the unpopular classes.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung signed a decree last month on the fee exemption, which will apply to students at state universities who agree to study the works of the approved pantheon of orthodox communist thinkers.

Fees for state universities in Vietnam average some five million dong (200 euros) per year but a small number of foreign-run universities charge far higher sums.

The quality of local universities can be lacking — a recent education ministry survey said some 60 percent of recent graduates need retraining to meet the requirements of future employers — and many Vietnamese parents send their children to study abroad at great expense.

But it is unlikely to result in significantly more applications for the unpopular subjects, students said.

Source: AFP

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