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Wife of Ho Chi Minh City department head sent on overseas trip against regulations: inspectors

Wife of Ho Chi Minh City department head sent on overseas trip against regulations: inspectors

Thursday, March 21, 2019, 19:03 GMT+7
Wife of Ho Chi Minh City department head sent on overseas trip against regulations: inspectors
Vietnamese officials during an overseas training course. Photo: Chau Anh / Tuoi Tre

An investigation into the Ho Chi Minh City department of education has shown that the organization sent the wife of the departmental director to an overseas training program against regulations in 2018.

The municipal inspectorate received an anonymous letter of denunciation about the case in November 2018 and recently finished verifying the claims in the document.

The accusers claimed to be a group of headmasters in Ho Chi Minh City, stating that the municipal Department of Education and Training had not been transparent in selecting people for a training course in Germany last year.

The criteria for the selection were not clear, they explained.

The inspectors eventually concluded that the denunciation was based on legitimate grounds, adding that the education department did commit “errors” in their process.

The original plan and criteria for the overseas training program, which was designed to sharpen management and quality improvement skills for educators in public schools, were created by the city’s Department of Home Affairs.

The education department, however, added a few more requirements to the list without asking officials and public servants for feedback.

A total of 23 members of the education department were eventually sent to Germany for the course.

Among them were Do Minh Hoang, head of the education department’s office, and Nguyen Thi Yen Trinh, principal of Le Hong Phong High School and wife of Le Hong Son, director of the department.

Both Hoang and Trinh were already on two other overseas business trips in 2018 prior to the program. 

Sending them on a third journey was against regulations.

The municipal People’s Committee promulgated that each official and public servant cannot be sent on more than two overseas trips within a year.

The inspectorate is expected to determine who will be held accountable for the situation so that suitable disciplinary action can be taken.

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