Education


An MP has hit back against accusations from a government minister that he criticised an educational program without knowing what he was talking about. Education minister U Myo Thein Gyi said Pyithu Hluttaw MP U Aung Hlaing Win had got his facts wrong when he spoke.

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Experienced teachers are in line for a pay raise.

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A new research center for Tai studies will launch on Monday in Shan State capital Taunggyi, according to an executive member.

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Hundreds of children are afraid to go back to class in Kyaukme, the month after schools reopened in the area, fearful that intermittent conflict could resume between armed groups laying competing claims to territory in the Shan State township.

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An international environmental advocacy group is to give tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships to allow Myanmar students to pursue their studies. World Wide Fund for Nature Myanmar will present the Education for Nature fellowship awards next March.

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Three temporary schools have opened for children living in Myaing Gyi Ngu internally displaced persons (IDP) camp in Karen State said the Tha Wor area group education officer, Teacher Sai Myo Nyunt.

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A government school in Daungohgyi, a village in Magwe Division’s Myaing Township, is experiencing a shortage of teachers, forcing parents to raise money to hire substitute teachers.

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Burma’s upper house of parliament on Monday voted down a proposal by former house speaker Khin Aung Myint of the Union Solidarity and Development Party to adopt a special plan to eradicate illiteracy in ethnic regions, enable ethnic people to pursue higher education, and promote ethnic literature.

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Education Minister U Myo Thein Gyi told lawmakers in the Amyotha Hluttaw yesterday that educational development in ethnic minority areas is directly linked to the success or failure of Myanmar’s peace process.

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Myanmar media recently reported that there would be no incoming students in Yangon University’s history department. This lack of interest is notable in an institution that was home to famous historians such as Dr Than Tun. As Myanmar turns toward a new political era, examining the past would seem to provide worthwhile insights.

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It’s nearly dinner time at the dormitory in Mai Ja Yang and teachers are busy in the kitchen, while several teenagers are lounging on benches outside the building in this Kachin rebel-controlled town on the Myanmar-China border.

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Preparing for an exam is stressful in any country, but in Burma, students really have to know their stuff — right down to the last word. “There’s this example in the exam where you have to fill in the gaps with the correct word,” explains Chris Spohr, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) social sector specialist in Burma. “Only, you can’t use synonyms — you have to regurgitate the exact words from the textbook.”

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They make unreasonable demands. They think change happens overnight. They refuse to negotiate with the government. They hijacked the student protests (or was it vice versa?).

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In an effort to educate the public about its involvement in the peace process, the All Burma Students’ Democratic Front (ABSDF) held a public discussion in state capital Hpa-an.

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Language-education experts in Burma are calling for the introduction of a multilingual teaching policy that would allow ethnic minority children to study in both their mother tongues and Burmese, rather than taking separate native-language classes.

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Under the new education policy of the National League for Democracy (NLD) government, the Ministry of Education will invest its efforts in informal education, a sector that was previously handled by civil society organizations.

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Burma’s national human rights commission will join the Ministry of Education in integrating human rights education into the national curriculum, a move likely to be implemented in the following academic year, the commission has announced.

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The All Burma Federation of Student Unions (ABFSU) says that a preliminary meeting for a nationwide students’ conference will be held in November.

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Even though there are schools, teachers and students in Maungdaw, no educational arrangement or coaching teachers in support of Rohingya children in rural schools since 2012 – after conflict between Rohingyas and Rakhine communities, said Hamidul Rahaman, father of four students from Maungdaw.

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From earthquakes in Nepal to flooding in Burma, disasters damage or destroy thousands of schools, leaving hundreds of thousands of children unable to go to class, yet education is often overlooked in humanitarian responses, according to Save the Children.

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