Education


Five student activists from Mandalay Division’s Myingyan Township were sentenced to nine months in prison on Thursday and released immediately, having already served more time behind bars than their sentences required while awaiting a verdict.
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Police in Rangoon’s Thanlyin Township have opened a case against several students under Burma’s controversial protest Law for organizing demonstrations against the country’s National Education Law more than a year ago.
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Burma’s transition is an example of top-down reform and differs from Switzerland’s bottom-up federalism, said a senior member of a Shan delegation that recently returned from an exposure trip to Switzerland.
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A coalition of three groups released a report on Monday highlighting the ailing health of 53 student demonstrators and supporters detained since March and urging their “immediate and unconditional” release.
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The training of 400 teachers in a new child-centered curriculum for the instruction of the Mon language began this week in Moulmein.
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A delegation of ethnic Shan representatives toured Switzerland this month for an intensive study on federalism, according to a source close to the group.
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On January 11 I accompanied fellow students from Australian National University on a visit to two villages in Ayeyarwady Region to deliver stationery to primary school children. The trip also provided an opportunity to witness how the grassroots has responded to Myanmar’s political and economic transformations.
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One year on, students demanding an independent union, a democratic education system and the release of political prisoners have returned to the fray. The All Myanmar Student Union (Upper Myanmar) organised a demonstration marching to Mandalay University yesterday to mark the protest launched 12 months ago.
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Student activists in Mandalay demonstrated on Wednesday to mark the one-year anniversary of the beginning of a protest march that would be violently dispersed by Burmese authorities 50 days later, with commemorators calling for the release of all political prisoners, including dozens detained following the police crackdown.
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You don’t have to go back very far in history to find a time when virtually no one in Myanmar had internet access. As recently as 2009, less than one percent of the 50 million people in the country had either a smartphone or home internet access.
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Aung San Suu Kyi, who was forced to spend years of solitude under house arrest, has hit out at young people “wasting time” on computer games and social networking.
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The Yangon Technological University, formerly known as the Rangoon Institute of Technology, will be turned into a polytechnic institute, Deputy Minister of Education Zaw Min Aung told Parliament on Monday.
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The delegation of UK government, business and academic sectors will meet with Myanmar government officials and others to support the development of the geoscience sector.
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Victory has rewarded the National League for Democracy, led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, after years of effort. However, there are many challenges for the incoming government, including the need to revitalise the economy; bring peace, education and health to the people; and reform the corrupted justice system.
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The local court in Thayawady Township, Pegu Division, continues to deny two detained education activists bail, despite their deteriorating health since they were jailed for involvement in protests against Burma’s controversial National Education Law in March 2015.
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Nan Lin, the chairman of the Dagon University Student Union in Rangoon, has been arrested after six months on the run and sent to remand in Insein Prison for his involvement in a protest against the political role of Burma’s military.
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The rector of Meiktila University is facing charges for allegedly taking bribes to the tune of nearly K11 million from a construction company tasked with building a new wing.
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A lawsuit against a local journalist is dragging on despite 23 witnesses coming to his defence, according to his legal team.
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Three migrant-learning centres are offering education programmes that qualify pupils for Myanmar graduation certificates to give migrant children an opportunity to more easily continue studying when they return to their home country, Thailand’s the Nation reported on 14 December.
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Four education activists jailed in central Burma since March have been transferred to hospital in Rangoon.
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