The NA deputies heard Minister of Justice Ha Hung Cuong, authorised by the Prime Minister, present a report on the draft bill relating to the dissemination of information and education about the law. The draft law comprises five chapters and 43 articles. According to the NA Law Committee, it is necessary to promulgate the law to create a legal basis for disseminating information and educating people about legal issues, thereby raising people's awareness and understanding of the law and their obligation to abide by it.
However, many deputies still question the need for this law because, in many current legal documents, there are already regulations on dissemination and education as well as for assigning responsibility for the task to relevant agencies and organisations. Moreover, it was reported that no other country in the world has promulgated such a law.
Deputies also heard the 12 chapters and 67 articles of the draft law on higher education reported by Minister of Education and Training, Pham Vu Luan.
The NA Committee on Culture, Education, Youth and Children said that universities are trying to become research institutions which means they need to become more independent in order to carry out high-quality training. Article 28 of the draft bill outlines the way this can happen. Minister Pham Vu Luan was asked by the committee to work with relevant ministries to create specific regulations for universities aiming to make the transition.
The committee found that this objective is an essential move for the Vietnamese educational system to be consistent with world trends in higher education. The Ministry of Education is currently responsible for overseeing the enrolment process at both State and private universities but under the proposed training scheme, educational institutions would control their own admissions. However, the Ministry will keep a strict eye on the process to ensure there are no violations.
Deputies also heard reports on draft bills relating to deposit insurance and water resources.
The same day, deputies held group meetings to discuss the pricess for drafting, reviewing and adopting laws and ordinances during the 13th NA tenure.
Many deputies voiced their concern about the quality and feasibility of some draft laws the NA has adopted. Deputy Nguyen Van Tuyet from Ba Ria - Vung Tau, Tran Van Minh from Quang Ninh and several others said some adopted bills were not relevant or practical in real life so they usually need to be supplemented and amended many times.
Deputy Ngo Duc Manh from Binh Thuan stressed the importance of building laws and ordinances, but pointed out that many of the laws currently on record were not actually feasible. In uts 13th tenure, the NA had planned to work on creating 96 laws, including 90 draft bills and six draft ordinances, but in fact, 50 of those bills are only amendments and supplements to already existing laws, whichs demonstrates the instability of many draft laws.
Deputies asked the NA Standing Committee to give priority to laws and ordinances related to economic development, Vietnam's integration into the global economy and amendments to the constitution.