Education


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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For hundreds of years, monks have provided a valuable service to Myanmar’s poor, with the country’s monastic education schools granting those from underprivileged families of all religions an education they would normally be unable to afford.

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Lower House MPs from Nay Pyi Taw Council area are trying to set up a university in the area, the MPs told Mizzima this week.

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Migrant student passing the university matriculation examination dropped to 22 % this year causing concerns to migrant teachers on the bias in the current system.

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Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong launched the Singapore-Myanmar Vocational Training Institute (SMVTI) here on Thursday (June 9) morning.

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Student Unions and the All Burma Federation of Student Unions (ABFSU) have formed the Nationwide Federation of Student Unions which will meet Education Minister Dr Myo Thein Gyi at the Higher Education Department on May 29.

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On a recent April morning, Aung Kyaw Soe got off the bus near the University of West-Yangon after spending some 2 hours in traffic to reach the campus located on the city’s outskirts.
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Myanmar’s government has published its first ever Public Expenditure Review, which details recent ramp-ups in health and education spending and outlines a range of challenges to improving public spending.
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Stung by criticism after one of its members refused to credit the National League for Democracy (NLD)-led government of Aung San Suu Kyi with securing the release of dozens of student activists last Friday, the All Burma Federation of Student Unions (ABFSU) has issued a statement expressing gratitude for the move.
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The European Union has welcomed the release of student protesters in Myanmar, according to a statement issued April 9.
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Immediately following her appointment as State Counselor, Aung San Suu Kyi announced plans to secure the release of political prisoners and detained activists “as soon as possible.”
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Jailed student activists standing trial for taking part in education reform protests have slammed the head of Burma’s permanent mission to the United Nations for describing them as mere criminals.
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