Education


Those students aligned to the All Burma Federation of Student Unions will continue their march until they meet with their representatives who agreed on January 28 to hold February 1 quadripartite talks with the government, a student from the ABFSU central working committee told Mizzima on February 29. (more…)

Burma’s Union Parliament decided on Thursday to double down on its endorsement of six-party talks on constitutional reform, and agreed to re-examine a controversial National Education Law passed last year, with lawmakers asking the Ministry of Education to draft amendments for consideration. (more…)

President U Thein Sein has called on the Myanmar parliament to rethink aspects of a new education bill in the face of renewed student protests, state-backed media said January 21, as activists vowed to continue demonstrations. (more…)

More than 100 people set out on a march from Mandalay to Rangoon on Tuesday, as student leaders restarted a dormant campaign to protest the National Education Law. (more…)

Vocational education and training institutes are to be realigned with the needs of the private sector under a proposed reform plan. Seven ministries are working on the plan, which is designed to raise skills and provide job opportunities in the regions. (more…)

“We are young so we want to do many things and get whatever we want; regulations control us not to do bad things.” a young student of Myanmar’s only Seventh Day Adventist college told me over juice in a faculty member’s home. She exuded the wisdom of a much older person, a parent even, as her peers nodded knowingly, a colourful portrait of Jesus on the wall behind them. (more…)

The Myanmar Teachers’ Federation (MTF) has emphatically rejected the Ministry of Education’s decision to form its own teacher and student unions at higher education institutions, saying that the plan violates the internationally accepted principles of freedom of association. (more…)

40 Myanmar students have been awarded a scholarship to study for a Masters degree in economics in a joint Yangon Institute of Economics and Chiang Mai University programme. (more…)

Amendments to the National Education Law should wait until after Myanmar’s 2015 election, Dr Tin Hlaing, the renown Myanmar scientist and educator told Mizzima on December 5.

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Construction companies delivering sub-standard work on schools and other education sector buildings will be punished and blacklisted from future work, said Dr Myint Thein, Minister for Social Affairs for the Yangon Region on December 4. (more…)

MRTV and UNICEF signed an agreement to broadcast educational programmes on the rights of the child at Mingalar Thiri Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw on December 4. (more…)

Although there has been no objection among students to the unofficial tuition system, the government plans to combat the use of unofficial tuition to gain privileged treatment from teachers, said Dr Yin Yin Nwe, a leader of President’s Education Advisory Team. (more…)

Six students may face charges for leading a demonstration against a new education law in central Burma on Saturday, according to one protest leader.

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In a further step in the transition, Yangon University is to offer a course in political science that has attracted more than twice as many applicants as there are places. It is the first course in politics to be offered since the military junta banned the study of the subject 25 years ago.

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Student activists here said authorities are neglecting the desires of students and teachers despite a sustained campaign of public protests against the controversial National Education Law.

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Student activists plan to again take to the streets to protest the National Education Law on Thursday in Mandalay, where they will reiterate a request that the government convene a quadripartite meeting to discuss the controversial legislation. (more…)

Authorities in Rangoon’s Ahlone Township have offered to construct a new road and ferry gate in order to help students access a school in the area, a local administrator said on Tuesday. (more…)

Student activism is back. Marching through the streets, chanting slogans and holding blood-red student union flags and banners reading “Education not for sale”, “Fight for democratic education” and “Say no to National Education Law”, Myanmar’s more activist-minded students have once again made headlines around the world. (more…)

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…)

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