Education


Myanmar riot police March 4 corralled dozens of student protesters calling for education reform after activists defied official orders to disband and the tense deadlock entered a third day. (more…)

Police cracked down on students and other activists opposing Myanmar’s new education law on Thursday, charging protesters with batons and dragging them into trucks at a well-known pagoda in the heart of the old capital. (more…)

Myanmar student leaders boycotted a parliamentary hearing on a controversial education bill on Thursday, saying they would not take part until police allow student protesters to march to the commercial capital, Yangon. (more…)

The fighting peacock rides again. That long-standing symbol of the Burmese student movement, an emblem of resistance to authoritarian rule, once again adorns countless bright red flags held aloft by student activists. They’re protesting against the country’s National Education Law, which was approved by parliament in September 2014 despite objections from student unions and expert networks. The students and their allies view the law as explicitly designed to curb academic freedom. (more…)

Protesting students and their supporters in Letpadan awoke on Wednesday to a reinforced police blockade.
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Police formed a human chain across a road leading to Myanmar’s biggest city Wednesday, telling hundreds of student protesters that authorities would “take action” unless they dispersed.
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A physical confrontation between student activists and riot police took place in Letpadan at round 11:30 on Tuesday morning as tensions neared boiling point in the standoff.
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Hundreds of student protesters vowed to camp out in the middle of a major road in Myanmar on Tuesday night after police locked arms, forming a human chain to block their march to the country’s largest city.
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Truckloads of police on Monday prevented hundreds of students from continuing their march to Myanmar’s biggest city to protest a new law that they say curbs academic freedom.
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Nine representatives from the All Burma Federation of Student Unions (ABFSU) met with Union Parliament Speaker Shwe Mann and the Lower House Draft Law Committee in Naypyidaw on Friday, expressing concerns over what they believe to be an attempt by the Ministry of Education to derail reforms to the National Education Law.
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A fire on Wednesday devastated a boarding school in the Thai border town of Mae Sot.

The Children’s Development Centre, founded by Dr Cynthia Maung of the town’s well-known Mae Tao clinic, suffered serious damage when a fire spread to student accommodation after starting in a nearby sugar cane field. The blaze ignited at around 4pm on 25 February.
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With student protesters set to march into Yangon if an amendment to the National Education Law is not passed by Saturday, the Upper House parliamentary bill committee has explained why it is impossible to meet their deadline.
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Burma’s highest religious authority has publicly rejected key planks of student demands for education reform, as the upper house announced on Tuesday that its Draft Law Committee would conduct hearings on the amendment of the National Education Law next month.
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The Burmese parliament’s upper house (amyotha hluttaw) has invited a number of groups to receive a briefing on the proposed amendments to the National Education Law.
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Student leaders have accused the Ministry of Education of misleading the public by publishing draft changes to the National Education Law that they say differs from amendments agreed on at four-way talks earlier this month.
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The Union Election Commission has advised the United Nationalities Alliance to avoid confrontation with the government over the student march calling for amendments to the National Education Law.
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Myanmar’s university students are known at home and abroad for their strident activism against dictatorship. In the old days, grainy images of defiant marchers, demanding greater rights and an end to authoritarian rule, circulated around the world.
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A renowned United States university has pulled out of a project at Yangon’s arts and sciences campus after failing to secure a memorandum of understanding guaranteeing academic freedom.
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Student leaders and education NGOs on Sunday accused Burma’s government of violating the conditions of a recently reached agreement on drafting a new education bill. The groups said the Education Ministry had attempted to circulate its own bill, while authorities had continued to issue threats against students.
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Students of Dagon University in Rangoon’s outer northeast have staged a sit-in protest outside the office of the rector, after being unwittingly drafted into a campus event held to denounce nationwide demonstrations against the National Education Law.
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