Education


A student activist was arrested on Saturday and is facing charges for her alleged involvement in the illegal detention in May of two Chinese workers by local villagers who oppose the Chinese-backed copper mine in Monywa, Sagaing Division, the All Burma Federation of Student Unions (ABFSU) said.  (more…)

Opposition to Burma’s National Education Bill continues to grow as the draft moves closer to approval. (more…)

The University Students Union released a statement on Wednesday denouncing the National Education Bill; at the same time it launched an awareness campaign in front of the University for Computer Studies, 25km north of Rangoon.
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In late July, the Union Parliament approved the National Education Bill and the legislation, which is still awaiting approval by the president, is meant to overhaul Burma’s derelict education system. Under previous military governments, the system suffered from neglect, underfunding and outdated teaching methods.
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Burma was ranked 134 among 148 countries in a Global Competitiveness Report 2014-15, released by the World Economic Forum on 3 September.
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Forget your typical school district. If you’re a student in Karen State, what matters most for your education is whether you live in a white, gray or black zone.
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Burma’s main group representing teachers has said it cannot endorse the National Education Bill because the government failed to conduct proper consultation and heed advice on the law.
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A compulsory middle school education for all children in Burma would help to eradicate child labour in the country, several educational experts have said.
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A pressure group for educational reform have sent a letter on August 22 to the government and parliament demanding a percentage of classes taught in ethnic minorities communities be taught in the language of that community.
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On the streets of Mandalay, groups of children wander between restaurants, teashops and pagodas selling flowers. The bouquets brighten up the days of locals and tourists alike; however it is a tough day’s work for these children, many of whom miss out on school. (more…)

The school in Sittwe faces excessive overcrowding, with up to 90 children in each classroom [Reuters]
Sittwe, Myanmar – Just over two years ago, minority Rohingya Muslims and majority Buddhists studied side by side in the capital of Rakhine state in western Myanmar.
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In Burma’s remote and impoverished Chin State — the poorest region of the country — a minimal 8,000 teachers educate more than 110,000 registered students in only 1,300 schools. In an effort to improve the state’s dismal education system, regional officials have announced that they will hire an additional 1,640 teachers.
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The Burmese government announced it will be offering scholarships for outstanding students who want study under- and postgraduate courses at international universities. It will reportedly be the first time in five decades that the government offers support for Burmese students to study abroad.
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Moulmein (Mawlamyaing) University’s on-campus housing accommodations are available for students enrolled in the 2014 academic year, but very few students have registered to live on campus.
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For more than ten years the Karenni Social Development Center has been educating young people on the Thai-Myanmar border in human rights, international law and environmental sustainability.
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It’s a rare day that good news emanates from the confines of Yangon’s Insein Prison.
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The most repeated motto under President Thein Sein is: “Building a modern developed nation through education”. For thousands of Rohingya Muslim schoolkids, education is a way of escaping from lifetime tragedy in locked internally displacedperson (IDP) camps and villages in Rakhine state. Such an environment, human rights groups say, is akin to the world’s” biggest openair prisons”. (more…)

Burma’s government has threatened to expel students who participate in political activities that lead to “unrest,” with a ministry issuing the warning to enrollees at the nation’s technological colleges and institutes.
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The Myanmar Teachers’ Federation has said it “strongly condemns” the Education Ministry’s new approach to handling transfer orders for Burma’s university educators, which will see their postings determined by peer-based performance evaluations.
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After passing a bill to allow the Mon language to be taught in government schools, the Mon State government is facing a shortage of teachers capable of doing the job, regional lawmakers said.
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