The public have shown concern as the municipal Department of Home Affairs (DoHA) refused to accept TOEFL and TOEIC scores as part of the applications for civil service exams in Ho Chi Minh City,
After the People’s Committee requested an explanation from the department following complaints by candidates the department explained that TOEFL and TOEIC were foreign certificates while the country used A-to-C scale.
Therefore, those who want to apply for a civil service exam to be selected as employees for public agencies in the city are only required to add a certificate of the country’s A-to-C scale to their applications
Educational experts said that the country’s A-to-C scale was an old-fashioned style. Therefore, the Ministry of Education and Training is carrying out the national foreign project asking all teachers who teach English to take foreign certificates.
The Ministry has also encouraged university students and high school students to take TOEIC and TOEFL certificates. Some universities and colleges have requested graduates to have TOEIC with 450-550 scores.
In addition, the Ministry of Education and Training planned to add English as compulsory subject in the graduation examination and those who have international TOEIC or TOELF will be exempted from sitting the examination.