Education


Burma’s Union Parliament passed a controversial bill amending the National Education Law on Thursday but failed to honor several commitments that lawmakers had made with student activists earlier this year.
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Around 70 activists appeared in Tharawaddy district court on 16 June for their seventh hearing. They are being tried on charges relating to their involvement in education reform protests earlier this year that culminated in the violent disassembling of a sit-in by police in Letpadan on 10 March.
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The third iteration of the Human Rights and Human Dignity International Film Festival (HRHDIFF) kicked off in Rangoon on Monday, featuring a long-awaited documentary about Burmese LGBT activist Aung Myo Min.
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Of the Chin State students who sat this year’s matriculation exams 17.84 percent passed, more than double last year’s pass rate of 8.07 percent.
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The Burmese government has been urged to provide adequate medical care to education activists being held in Tharawaddy prison following reports that many of the detainees are suffering from serious health problems.
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Three months after a brutal crackdown on student demonstrators in central Burma, two activists have been hospitalized for serious injuries incurred during the chaotic incident.
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A hearing for education law protestors at Tharawaddy district court in Pegu Division was postponed on Tuesday after one of the defendants coughed up blood and collapsed as he was being brought to the courtroom.
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Parliament’s Joint Bill Committee has reported its findings on the bill amending the controversial National Education Law in a legislative session on 9 June.
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Mon State had the second highest performing high school students of any state in this year’s matriculation exams, after six years of being the highest performing state.
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The All Burma Federation of Student Unions says it is planning to take legal action against police responsible for the brutal crackdown on demonstrators in Letpadan on March 10 and will involve the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission in the process.
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Student leaders have failed to find common ground with Aung San Suu Kyi following a Sunday meeting to discuss a proposal that would reduce the power of student unions on campus.
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Student activist Phyo Phyo Aung, currently detained in Pegu’s Tharawaddy prison in connection with the March education protests, has been named winner of the 2015 Citizen of Burma Award.
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One student’s application for bail is to be considered while two others were rejected at a court hearing in Myingyan for eight detainees in connection with their participation in education law protests.
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The first day at school is often a day of high emotion. After a long and happy holiday, many students may have been dreading the approach of June 1. But for many parents, too, yesterday was quite a learning experience: They found they did not have to spend any money.
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A conference on drafting Higher Education Laws led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the chairwoman of the National League for Democracy (NLD) and representative of the Pyithu Hluttaw (Union Parliament Lower House) ignored the topic of ethnic language teaching.
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The trial of 70 students and activists arrested in the mass crackdown in Letpadan continued yesterday even as their representatives from two unions rejoined talks in parliament over the controversial National Education Law that triggered the protests.
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A Myanmar court has sentenced a university lecturer to three months in prison with hard labour for leading a demonstration during nationwide student protests that were violently suppressed by police, World Bulletin reported on 25 May. (more…)

A lawmaker has asked the Mon State parliament to triple the 10,000 kyats (US$9) per month that it pays part-time instructors who teach the Mon language at government schools, in line with a financial pledge that has yet to be fulfilled.
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A Buddhist conference held to discuss monastic education has been promised the expansion of a number of monastic primary schools across the country, in order to increase access to free education for the children of rural and poor families.
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Though the Mon, Karen and Paoh languages will be taught  in Mon State schools from June there are still no plans to teach the Arakan language during school hours in Arakan State schools.
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