Vietnam offers free courses on Marxism to draw takers
HANOI (AP) - Market forces are working against college courses on Marx, Lenin and Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam, where the Communist government has resorted to offering the classes for free to attract students.
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung signed a decree last month giving free tuition to students agreeing to take four-year courses on Marxism-Leninism and the thoughts of Ho Chi Minh, the country's revolutionary hero, at state-run universities.
Students have been shunning such instruction because employers are not interested in it, said Mr Pham Tan Ha, head of admission and training at Ho Chi Minh City Social and Human Sciences University.
Courses like communications, tourism, international relations and English are more popular because students believe "they will have better chances of employment and better pay when they graduate," he said.