Education


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…)

The students of All Burma Federation of Student Union (Ba-Ka-Tha) staged a protest in front of Letpandan township court on April 7 demanding an immediate release of the students and supporters detained in the custody as they demonstrated against the national education law in Letpadan during March.
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Sixteen-year-old Zaw Myint Tun wants to be an engineer. In mid-March, he sat Myanmar’s national matriculation exams in the hope of going to university and pursuing his goal.
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On this week’s edition of Dateline Irrawaddy, Tin Maung Maung Aye discusses his efforts to educate Burma’s child laborers.
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The trial of student activists being prosecuted for their part in an education reform protest in Letpadan is being transferred to a court in Tharawaddy, as a leading figure in the student movement calls for an open trial with the presence of media observers.
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A former second vice-chairman of the All Burma Federation of Student Unions, Aung Din was incarcerated from 1989 to 1993 for participating in the pro-democracy uprising in 1988. After traveling to the United States, he worked as executive director of the US Campaign for Burma between 2003 and 2012, and was also involved with the Free Burma Coalition for two years. In this interview with Kyaw Zwa Moe, editor of The Irrawaddy’s English edition, Aung Din discusses recent reforms in the country, the evolution of the United States’ foreign policy towards Burma, and the prospects of free and fair elections in the next decade. (more…)

Students arrested after the Mar. 10 Letpadan protest crackdown have requested their trials to be opened to the public for future hearings and say that some detainees are in need of medical attention, according to family members.
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Education reform advocates on Wednesday denounced the current draft of an amended education law, passed by Burma’s Upper House of Parliament last week, claiming that it deviated from a version agreed upon by stakeholders.
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Dozens of student activists in central Burma’s Mandalay Division may face charges for unlawful assembly, after being released from detention following a recent crackdown on a demonstration in Letpadan.
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“I am safe,” said the long-awaited message that ended days of anxiety about the whereabouts of its sender.

The message was sent by a student in hiding after the violent crackdown at Letpadan on March 10 against protesters opposed to the National Education Law. (more…)

Over 25,000 people from Myanmar and the around the world have joined a campaign on Facebook calling for the release of dozens of students detained after the Letpadan police crackdown. (more…)

Who would have thought that as government negotiators were shaking hands with their ethnic rebel counterparts this week, 70 students would hear news of the historic moment sitting in prison northwest of Rangoon, where they await trial for various charges after police cracked down on their peaceful protest last month?
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A student union activist arrested last week was taken to Tharyarwady Prison yesterday after being charged in Letpadan court on five counts related to his role in student protests against the National Education Law.
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Protesters took to the streets across Burma on Friday to demand the release of all students and their supporters detained following the police crackdown at Letpadan on Mar. 10.
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Linguistic experts called for the safeguarding of ethnic minority languages and for multilingual education in both primary and secondary schools, following a two day seminar in Rangoon.
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