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Some private universities in Timor-Leste continue to deliver three terms in one academic year contrary to the government through the ministry of education instructions to institute the regular two-terms per year.

Some private universities in Timor-Leste continue to deliver three terms in one academic year contrary to the government through the ministry of education instructions to institute the regular two-terms per year.

The introduction of three terms per academic year drew much criticism in the past with the students, civil society and government members concerned about the quality of graduating students.
Deputy Minister of Education, Abel da Costa Ximenes said the ministry has warned universities to fix their academic year and apply the two terms in one year program for students to ensure an adequate education.
"I called on the media to help detecting those institutions that are still applying [three-terms] the system as we have do not have that information," he said.
He said the ministry of education does not have the power to interfere directly with the work of private universities but it can nonetheless supervise, monitor and evaluate their results so it can respond to concerns about quality education in Timor-Leste.
"Everyone is demanding quality education, not just the ministry of education. So academic institutions through their Rectors, Deans and lecturers must ensure the quality of education provided,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Rector of the Dili Institute of Technology (DIT) university, Dr Manuel Vong acknowledged that DIT still applies the system of offering students three-terms in one academic year, which is a system adopted from universities in other countries.
He added that one semester includes 1,500-1,800 hours of student contact time or class work. This when divided per the official working hours of eight hours per day means in a week someone must work 40 hours. In four months, there are over 3,000 hours, with 1,000 hours to spare that are not being used efficiently.
"DIT allocated four months per semester for classes. This is enough for teaching and we also demand students and lecturers do academic work outside their regular study and teaching times,” he said also.
Dr Vong added DIT adopts the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) based on his personal experience having studied in Portugal and believes this system helps students to study more actively and efficiently.
He said also that if in six months, students still do not understand the content, then the problem is with teaching methods or maybe the student’s commitment to his or her studies.
"The main thing for us is the quality of our output. I am able to qualify a person in four moths with the required competencies adhering to our standard hours,” he added.
Meanwhile, the national secretary of the Timor–Leste Coalition for Education (TLCE), Jose de Jesus urged for the government to take measures and deal with this issue to ensure the quality of education being delivered in Timor-Leste.
"Three terms in one year. This is not quality. We can say this is only an opportunity to attend
He urged the Ministry of Education to establish rigorous regulations that apply to all private universities that instituted the 2 terms per academic year.
He also urged the ministry to establish an academic year calendar for higher education including for senior high schools given some universities maintain open their new student registration until the month of April.

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