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Vietnam universities want to rely on graduation exams for enrollment

16:08 | 28/04/2020

With the school year ravaged by coronavirus-induced school closures nationwide, Vietnam universities want to use the high school graduation exams as basis for enrollment decisions. 

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High school students in exam (Photo: Sai Gon giai phong)

The Ministry of Education and Training plans to use the high school graduation examination this year simply to recognise students who finish the high school’s education programme, instead of doubling up as the university entrance exam.

Colleges and universities will be allowed to enroll students using their own criteria instead of solely relying on the high school graduation examination results as before.

However, at a meeting chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam on April 27 afternoon, representatives from colleges and universities said they still wanted to base their decisions on the high school graduation exam results, leaving this year's crop of graduates in essentially the same boat as those in the past.

The representatives said they had faith in the examination’s results, considering them an important base for making enrollment decisions, reported by Vietnamnet.

vietnam universities want to rely on graduation exams for enrollment
High school students discuss an exam (Photo: AUM Vietnam)

In the 2020 high school examination, candidates are expected to take three compulsory tests in maths, literature, foreign language and one optional test of combined natural or social science subjects. Of which, the natural science test combines physics, chemistry and biology, while the social science test mixes history, geography and citizen education.

This year's exam will still have a degree of differentiation, which will help classify students who meet the standard (high school output standards), those above the standard, how far above the standard, etc.

Only universities in specific training disciplines such as medicine, police, military, or arts... and a few universities with high levels of competition need to organize their own capacity assessment tests.

At the same time, national universities and regional universities will tend to organize joint admission. On that basis, smaller schools can use the results of that general competency test for admission.

There will also not be many competitions or exams taking place in many rounds. Therefore, it will not create pressure on exam preparation.

vietnam universities want to rely on graduation exams for enrollment
High school students in class (Photo: Ha Noi Moi)

When changes to this year’s high school examination were announced earlier, the ministry proposed that the natural science test and social science test each have an aggregate score instead of three separate scores.

However, at the meeting, Minister of Education and Training Phung Xuan Nha decided they would keep separate scores for the subjects like in previous years.

The move would help colleges or universities use separate results to make better decisions.

According to Nha, the 2020 high school examination will take place two days in August, about two months later than in previous years.

There would be fewer difficult questions meant for the most gifted students as well, Nha said.

Besides taking the high school examination organised by the ministry for university admission, colleges or universities can run examinations by themselves or use their own ways to enroll students.

Dam asked the ministry to promptly issue examination regulations and publicize samples of the tests so candidates and their families felt reassured despite the severely interrupted learning due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

He called on the ministry to organise a safe, honest and high-quality examination so the public would not be so confused about the examination’s changes, according to Vietnam News.

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