The school system was completely destroyed in the 1970s by the Khmer Rouge, who executed teachers as perceived enemies of the hardline Communist regime, and despite efforts to rebuild, standards still lag far behind Cambodia's Southeast Asian neighbors. Now strongman Prime Minister Hun Sen is promising schooling for all, hiking education spending to US$850 million this year, a record quarter of the overall government budget. "I want every district to have a high school, every commune a junior school and every village a primary school," he said in a recent campaign speech. The premier is all but guaranteed to extend his 33-year grip on power in Sunday's poll after a crackdown on dissent in the run-up to the vote. That includes the dissolution of the only viable opposition party by the Supreme Court in November, while swipes at civil society and the media have snuffed out critical voices. But in a country where a third of the 15 million population is aged under 30, he has also carefully … [Read more...] about Cambodia’s ruling party dangles jobs, new schools ahead of vote
High paying low skill jobs
Patients receive treatment at Can Tho General Hospital.-VNA/VNS Photo Manh Linh The worst-affected localities are Can Tho City and provinces such as Hau Giang, Long An, Vinh Long and Ca Mau that have seen an strongly increase in the number of well-qualified and experienced doctors at public hospitals shifting to private workplaces. Van Cong Minh, deputy director of Vinh Long Province’s Department of Health, said that last year, up to seven doctors, most of them with post-graduate training, had resigned from Vinh Long Province’s General Hospital. In the first four months of this year, six doctors quit and more than 10 doctors resigned in the province. Most of the doctors cited personal family circumstance, he said. Minh said the main reason, however, was dissatisfaction with their monthly income, which they said had not reflected their real contributions. At Can Tho General Hospital, 33 doctors have resigned, including 14 doctors in 2016, 14 in 2017, and five in the first … [Read more...] about Delta hospitals struggle to keep skilled doctors
A question from a student at a recent work opportunity conference about how to earn a monthly salary of $2,000 upon graduation triggered strong debate among the public, given that per capita GDP in Vietnam was $2,200 in 2016, according to the World Bank. The high expectations in salary and position among new graduates from university and college are more often than not illusory, especially at a time when unemployment is increasing and a high percentage of people holding degrees are either out of work or in a job considered below their station. According to the latest figures from the Ministry of Labor, Invalids, and Social Affairs, unemployment stood at 1,117,700 in the third quarter of 2016, up 2.7 and 4.2 per cent against the second and first quarter, respectively. Of these, people aged 15-24 accounted for the most, at 57 per cent, or 642,000 people. The jobless rate among people living in urban areas was four-fold that of people living elsewhere. More seriously, the number of … [Read more...] about Job snobs
Viet Nam News By Bích Hường "What should I study to get a job with a starting salary of $2,000 a month?" The question has generated public discussion after being raised recently by Phạm Thị Thanh, a third-year student at Academy of Cryptography Technology, during a talk on the role and responsibility of the young in an information society. Many people, including experienced employers, employees and students, say such pay is unrealistic, especially for new college graduates in Việt Nam who usually lack experience, sometimes need to be re-trained to meet job requirements and often cannot find work. It's unrealistic because those making $2,000 a month usually hold senior posts and have years of experience. According to Bizlive.vn, managers of major groups or State-owned companies in Việt Nam reported average monthly salaries of about $2,000 or more. New graduates usually struggle to find jobs and have to make do with a starting salary of VNĐ 5-7 million. That is low but reflects … [Read more...] about Starting pay of $2,000: dream or illusion?
VietNamNet Bridge - An IT engineer with three years of experience can receive monthly pay of VND8-10 million, according to Lam Nguyen Hai Long, director of the Quang Trung Software Park (QTSC) in HCM City. The HCM City Party Committee’s Secretary Dinh La Thang wss surprised when hearing the answer to his question about the average pay of an IT engineer at the high-tech park. Thang commented that the pay was not enough for them to live and stay creative. It is just a little bit higher than the monthly income of garment workers who have extra working hours. If they live in rented houses, the pay will not be able to cover basic needs. When Long said he received VND24 million a month in wage, Thang said the salary for the director of a large software park in the country and the region must not be low. “Your salary must be 10 times higher to motivate you to continue working,” Thang said. In fact, reports about pay for IT engineers in Vietnam show different figures. An … [Read more...] about Wages for Vietnamese IT engineers: high or low?