VietNamNet Bridge – The failure of many of the best university graduates at the 2014 civil-service exam has raised doubts in the public’s mind about the value of university degrees and the test. Six candidates who were at the top of their class failed the 2014 civil-service exam in Hanoi. According to the Hanoi Interior Affairs Department, thousands of candidates took the exam. Of these, 41 candidates, thanks to their excellent learning records, were exempted from sitting the agencies’ entrance exam, but still had to take a test (essay and interview). And 10 of them failed the test. Six of the 10 candidates were recognized as top graduates of domestic universities, while the other four showed foreign universities’ degrees with “good” and “excellent” grades. Three of them had master’s degrees. Similar results were reported for the 2013 civil-service exam. Of the 43 candidates exempted from the agencies’ entrance exam, nine … [Read more...] about Why do the best university graduates fail the civil-service exam?
Civil services department
VietNamNet Bridge – The HCM City Department of Interior Affairs refused to accept TOEIC and TOEFL certificates for civil service examination registration, and would only take national B-level English certificates. Candidates queue up to register to take the civil service exam. Educators have defended the candidates who had TOEIC and TOEFL certificates, saying that people with these internationally recognised certificates have English skills equal to or better than those with B-level national certificates. The HCM City Department of Interior Affairs, when asked by the city’s People’s Committee, said it was strictly following the current law when organizing the civil service exam. A leader of the department said TOEIC, TOEFL and IELTS were certificates granted by foreign organizations. Under Vietnamese laws, only national certificates (A, B and C level) are legal. And there is no regulation that specifies equivalencies between TOEIC and TOEFL … [Read more...] about HCM City rejects civil-service candidates’ TOEIC, TOEFL certificates
The Ministry of Industry and Trade announced Wednesday it had scrapped the results of a civil service entrance exam after police announced that the questions had been leaked to a group of “princelings." Last October, the Department of Market Management held the exam to select 10 employees. A total 299 candidates took the exam. After the results were announced, the ministry received written complaints that the questions had been leaked in advance; the complaints noted that the ten individuals selected for the posts were all related to individuals that currently hold high positions in the department. Police from the Ministry of Public Security were invited to investigate and found that three candidates received test questions in advance. The ministry’s Party Unit said members of the exam's organizing committee were at fault for failing to properly supervise the exam process. The unit called for the strict punishment of all those involved. … [Read more...] about Vietnamese ministry scraps results of ‘fixed’ civil service exam
A French-trained doctor of physics failed a civil service exam for high school teachers in the capital city of Hanoi, raising more questions about Vietnam’s red tape. Dinh Tran Phuong, who was awarded a PhD in physics in France, took the exam offered by the municipal education department to teachers at the Hanoi-Amsterdam School for the Gifted in March. Phuong has worked as a teacher at the school for several years on year-to-year contracts and took the exam to become a long-term employee. During an August 21 meeting of the Hanoi People's Committee, Le Thi Oanh, the principal of the school claimed that another of her teachers, who holds a British master's degree, failed the school’s civil service exam. Oanh said the school wanted to recruit both teachers as long-term employees without making them take the exam, but current regulations prohibit them from doing so. Nguyen Huu Do, director of the Hanoi Department of Education and Training, said current regulations don't … [Read more...] about French-trained PhD fails Vietnam civil service exam
Former Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Thang Van Phuc spoke to the newspaper Hai Quan (Customs) about the National Public Administrative Reform Project, known as Project 30. You used to oversee the Government's administrative reform project. Are you satisfied with the results after 10 years of implementation? Viet Nam has built a national database of all administrative procedures and set a target to reduce the costs of administrative procedures by 30 per cent. It's an impressive figure since European countries have only begun to slash 25 per cent from these cost burdens. The administrative reform has been implemented in four areas including administrative institutions, organisational reform, public finance reform, and civil service training. However, many shortcomings remain. Administrative procedures continue to be inconsistent and uncoordinated. For instance, some laws and ordinances have been amended but the issuance of guiding regulations to implement them has been slow. Many … [Read more...] about Civil service takes priority in reform of admin procedures