A recent newspaper headline declared that the Lao National University has decided to restrict the number of subjects first year students can enrol in to one. Previously students could enrol in two or more subjects.

This seems like a excellent way to maintain national education statistics at a lower cost. Having students doing half as many subjects as they were previously doing will mean the variable costs will be half of what they were. The statistics on the number of students in univeristy will be the same, but at a reduced cost.