Education


The rector of Yangon University has confirmed he will be retiring at the end of this month, edged out by civil service regulations just prior to an anticipated overhaul of the education system under the amended National Education Law.
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Five members of the Tavoy University Students Union were sentenced on Wednesday to either one month in prison or a 30,000-kyat (US$30) fine for their involvement in an education law protests earlier this year.
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Conversely, a morning newspaper can have the reverse effect, as it did this week when I read an article in the July 7 Bangkok Post by Songkran Grachangnetara about the detention of 14 students in Thailand.
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More than half a century after it was dynamited by the Ne Win military government, Yangon’s iconic student union building could rise again – if the students have their way. To mark the 53rd anniversary of the building’s destruction, which followed a series of student protests against the regime, contemporary members of the union have asked the government to rebuild it.
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Bail has been granted to 11 activists detained after a brutal crackdown on student demonstrations earlier this year, family members said, while five other requests were denied by a court in central Burma.
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Student activists gathered at Rangoon University on Tuesday, solemn in their remembrance for past campaigners.
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One of five student leaders charged with unlawful assembly for a protest in Rangoon last week was arrested on Tuesday after he attended a commemoration marking a military crackdown on students at Rangoon University more than five decades ago.
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Five student leaders involved in a protest in Rangoon against the continued presence of military lawmakers in Parliament have been charged with unlawful assembly, according to a senior police officer in the commercial capital.
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Four students from Mandalay’s Yadanabon University were arrested on Monday after they spray-painted messages critical of the government on the university’s grounds.
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A solo demonstrator demanding the release of student activists has been sentenced to two years in prison for sedition.
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The school’s red-brick walls are pockmarked by bullets, and holes have been blasted by rocket-propelled grenades. The classroom is littered with the detritus of war – empty ammunition boxes, spent shell casings, garbage, worn-out army boots and backpacks.
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Angry crowds scuffled with police in downtown Rangoon on Tuesday in a protest against the Burmese military’s veto on constitutional change, blamed for the defeat last week of a charter reform bill backed by Aung San Suu Kyi.
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Several student activists, imprisoned since the brutal police crackdown on education reform protesters at Letpadan in March, have been placed in solitary confinement for bringing cigarettes and betel nut back to prison after a court appearance on Tuesday.
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Students in Myanmar led a peaceful march of between 50 and 200 protesters on Tuesday, urging Myanmar’s military to remove itself from politics, days after lawmakers voted down a measure to scrap the military’s effective legislative veto.
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A student collapsed in court on Tuesday whilst attending a hearing for Letpadan education protestors at Tharawaddy township court.
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As classmates from the Bush Institute’s ‘Liberty and Leadership Forum’ in Dallas celebrated their graduation yesterday, one scholar was notably absent. Burmese student activist Phyo Phyo Aung is currently languishing in prison, accused of involvement in protests in her home country.
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Sources in domestic business circles have welcomed a recent call for British companies to consider investing in Burma’s skills sector, with the UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) office saying a dearth of qualified workers could be remedied, in part, by British education and training enterprises.
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Thirty-five activists facing charges for their involvement in the Letpadan education protest have been banned from receiving visits in Tharawaddy prison amid allegations of family members smuggling prohibited items to their loved ones in jail.
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A powerful group of Buddhist monks in Myanmar advocated a ban on the wearing of hijabs by Muslim schoolgirls at a conference last weekend according to a report in the Guardian on 22 June.
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A Burmese students union leader has vowed to reignite education law protests following a parliamentary decision to amend the law without incorporating changes promised during four-way talks in February.
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