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Lack of quality education hindering Vietnam's middle-income ambitions

Despite the nation's 97 per cent literacy rate, just a third of Vietnam's labour force had a high school degree last year, according to the Institute of Labour Science and Social Affairs.


NGUYEN Van Duc graduated two years ago with a bachelor's degree in economics from one of Vietnam's best universities. Today, he earns about US$250 a month as a motorbike taxi driver in Hanoi.

Mr Van Duc, whose parents took second jobs so that he could be the only one of three...