The Myanmar government’s educational advisory group recognizes the call by protesting students to decentralize control over universities but claims there are limits to how independent they could be. (more…)

The Union Parliament passed the National Education Law on Sep 30, amidst strident opposition from student unions and education professionals. (more…)

Addressing the nation on the occasion of the 94th National Day on Sunday, Burma’s President Thein Sein noted that his government will prioritise raising education standards. (more…)

Student activists have requested that the government convene a quadripartite meeting to discuss the National Education Law, which has prompted street protests and an outcry from education groups in Burma. (more…)

More than 350 students protested against the National Education Law in downtown Rangoon on Friday, continuing their months-long campaign against the controversial law, which they say is undemocratic and fails to guarantee independence for educational institutions. (more…)

An unidentified group of activists, self-proclaimed ‘Anonymous Burma’ has been protesting against education system and the government starting from last month, and staged their most recent in front of the Convocation Hall in Yangon University Compound on Wednesday. (more…)

The All Burma Federation of Student Unions – known as Ba Ka Tha – and the University Students Union have announced plans for more protests against the newly enacted national education law. (more…)

Modern Myanmar’s political metamorphosis from dictatorship towards democracy has resulted in lifting the heavy burden of political and financial sanctions and led to an influx of tourists and foreign investors. Newly formed joint ventures have strengthened ties between Myanmar and countries in Asia and beyond. The former cash-based economy is transforming into a modern credit-based system. During the last three years, global brands have brought infrastructure and job opportunities. Despite economic progress being yet to be matched by advances in some other sectors, including education, the people remain hopeful that further political reforms will lead to a more equal and free society. Much credit must be given to those whose vision has driven the emergence of the new Myanmar, for it those who are most adaptable to change that survive in the age of globalisation. (more…)

Australia have pledged US$100 million in assistance to improve education for millions of Burmese students. (more…)

The Union government will provide a stipend for schoolteachers who teach ethnic minority languages in Burma, according to ethnic leaders, in what they say would be a major win for ethnic minorities’ cultures and rights. (more…)

The All Burma Federation of Student Unions (ABFSU) is planning to hold an all-Myanmar students’ emergency meeting in November, said ABFSU central working committee and research committee official Aung Hmine San. (more…)

Students from Monywa University in Sagaing Division on Wednesday launched a campaign opposing the National Education Bill. (more…)

Only eight percent of displaced Muslim children in western Burma’s Arakan State have access to secondary education, according to a senior education coordinator. (more…)

The Myanmar Teachers’ Federation (MTF) said it plans to cooperate with students’ organizations and join their protests against the National Education Bill if the proposed legislation is not revised in Parliament in the coming weeks. (more…)

A student activist was arrested on Saturday and is facing charges for her alleged involvement in the illegal detention in May of two Chinese workers by local villagers who oppose the Chinese-backed copper mine in Monywa, Sagaing Division, the All Burma Federation of Student Unions (ABFSU) said.  (more…)

Opposition to Burma’s National Education Bill continues to grow as the draft moves closer to approval. (more…)

The University Students Union released a statement on Wednesday denouncing the National Education Bill; at the same time it launched an awareness campaign in front of the University for Computer Studies, 25km north of Rangoon.

In late July, the Union Parliament approved the National Education Bill and the legislation, which is still awaiting approval by the president, is meant to overhaul Burma’s derelict education system. Under previous military governments, the system suffered from neglect, underfunding and outdated teaching methods.

Burma was ranked 134 among 148 countries in a Global Competitiveness Report 2014-15, released by the World Economic Forum on 3 September.

Forget your typical school district. If you’re a student in Karen State, what matters most for your education is whether you live in a white, gray or black zone.

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