HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Market forces are working against college courses on Marx, Lenin and Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam, where the Communist government has resorted to offering the classes for free to attract students.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has signed a decree giving free tuition to university students agreeing to take four-year courses on Marxism-Leninism and the thoughts of Ho Chi Minh, the country's revolutionary hero.

Students have been shunning such instruction because employers are not interested in it.

Students who study certain medical specialties such as tuberculosis and leprosy also will get a free ride under the decree. Ordinarily they would have to pay the equivalent of about $200 a year for tuition.

Vietnam is run by a Communist regime but embraced free-market reforms in the 1980s.

 

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