The education ministry is investigating allegations that authorities in the northern city of Hai Phong illegally allowed 200 students to attend high schools though they did not have the required scores.
Pham Van Tai, deputy chief inspectorate of the Ministry of Education and Training, made the announcement at a conference on anti-corruption in the education sector on Tuesday, Vietnamnet reported.
According to the news website, on July 14, the Hai Phong Department of Education and Training proposed that the city's People's Committee allows 200 ninth graders who didn't get enough marks in their exams to be admitted to their desired high schools, to enroll in 25 public high schools.
The students are orphans, children of people honored by the government, or sport athletes who've made contributions to the city who are deserving of privileges under regulations, the department said in its proposal.
Five days later the city authorities approved the proposal, allowing the department to consider granting admission to students whose scores aren't lower than the required scores by more than one point.
However, the news source reported that all the students were admitted to the schools, although some of them missed the requirement by up to 2.5 points.
Worse still, most of them, in fact, did not fall into privileged categories, but came from rich families or were children of local officials, Vietnamnet reported.
Also at the conference, a survey on education sector conducted by the government inspectorate warned of high risks of corruption in several areas including students' admission to first grade, sixth grade and tenth grade; running extra classes; and collecting tuition fees.