Education


A juvenile who was among the education activists arrested in the police crackdown on protestors in Letpadan on 10 March has been released on bail.
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Despite continued arrests and pursuit by the authorities, activists commemorating the 79th anniversary of the founding of the All Burma Federation of Student Unions declared yesterday that the movement would not go underground.
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Wendy Law-Yone is a Myanmar-born American writer who penned the critically acclaimed The Coffin Tree, The Road to Wanting, Irrawaddy Tango and Golden Parasol: A Daughter’s Memoir of Burma. Her works were banned in Myanmar until censorship was abolished in 2012. Wendy Law-Yone spoke to Mizzima Weekly’s Jessica Mudditt about her ambivalence towards copyright piracy and the steps she is taking to prevent it.
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The European Union (EU) ambassador to Burma, Roland Kobia, told journalists in Rangoon on Thursday that the EU regretted the events in which riot police cracked down violently on students’ protests in Letpadan in March, but denied that the EU was responsible.
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Three activists in Mandalay Division’s Meikhtila who organised a prayer protest in March calling for non-violence to be shown towards education activists have been charged by local police.
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Thayawady- Students and supporters arrested for their involvement in the main boycott column against the National Education Law were brought to trial for the first time at Thayawady District Court on April 30, after the authorities had changed the court citing security reasons.
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Seventy activists have appeared in Tharawaddy court for the first time since their trial was relocated from Letpadan Township, also in Pegu Division, where they were arrested for their part in an education protest on 10 March.
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Secretary Dr Myat Nya Na Soe of the Constitutional Review Joint Committee said there might be future meetings with student leaders to discuss amendments to the national educational law.
He also said the national educational billwill be the top priority when the next parliament session begins.
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An exhibition of photographs documenting recent student protests was prematurely shuttered after the building owner expressed concern that the material was too politically sensitive.
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Seventy education reform activists appeared in Letpadan court on Thursday for their third-pre trial hearing.
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Authorities in Myanmar must end their on-going clampdown on student protesters and their supporters, said Amnesty International on April 23.
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The results for this year’s basic education exams have seen the pass rate drop in grades 5 and 9, which were designated as government-controlled exams by the No.3 Basic Education Department (BED).
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The Asian Human Rights Commission has documented that an increasing number of peaceful protesters are being arrested and jailed under the Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Act. Citing the maintenance of peace and tranquility in the country, and ensuring the upcoming 2015 election remain peaceful, authorities, especially Administrative Officers, have filed cases against numerous peaceful protesters under this Act. (more…)

As of January 2015, the United Nations High Commissioner For Refugees (UNHCR) Malaysia has registered 151,770 refugees and asylum seekers in Malaysia, with the majority coming from Myanmar.
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University charters that the government says will guarantee higher education institutions autonomy are being written for introduction later this year. (more…)

Outside Letpadan Township Court on April 7, worried parents gathered to follow the proceedings of a trial against their children who had participated in a protest against the National Education Law. But most of the parents’ concerns were not about the legal system, in which they have little faith, but about the health of the young activists. (more…)

Another student activist, Po Po, who last month participated in an education reform protest that was violently dispersed in Letpadan, Pegu Division, was arrested at her home on Wednesday and will be charged with joining a subsequent demonstration in Rangoon.
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Since 10 March 2015, the Burmese government has detained 70 students and their supporters in Tharawaddy Prison. Out of the 127 students arrested and detained, 70 are still being held in detention. These arrests were part of a crackdown to quash the student protest march against the National Education Law that was passed on 30 September 2014. Out of the students arrested, 27 were released without charge and 30 students were released on bail. The case against students will be heard tomorrow at the Letpadan Township court.
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Burma’s Lower House of Parliament on Tuesday approved amendments to the National Education Law, which will be resubmitted to the Upper House with changes that activists view as regressive.
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Seventy students who have been detained since a brutal police crackdown last month appeared at Letpadan Township Court on Tuesday, where there were emotional scenes as friends and family saw their loved ones in handcuffs while they were being brought into the court building. (more…)

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