Education


40 Myanmar students have been awarded a scholarship to study for a Masters degree in economics in a joint Yangon Institute of Economics and Chiang Mai University programme. (more…)

Amendments to the National Education Law should wait until after Myanmar’s 2015 election, Dr Tin Hlaing, the renown Myanmar scientist and educator told Mizzima on December 5.

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Construction companies delivering sub-standard work on schools and other education sector buildings will be punished and blacklisted from future work, said Dr Myint Thein, Minister for Social Affairs for the Yangon Region on December 4. (more…)

MRTV and UNICEF signed an agreement to broadcast educational programmes on the rights of the child at Mingalar Thiri Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw on December 4. (more…)

Although there has been no objection among students to the unofficial tuition system, the government plans to combat the use of unofficial tuition to gain privileged treatment from teachers, said Dr Yin Yin Nwe, a leader of President’s Education Advisory Team. (more…)

Six students may face charges for leading a demonstration against a new education law in central Burma on Saturday, according to one protest leader.

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In a further step in the transition, Yangon University is to offer a course in political science that has attracted more than twice as many applicants as there are places. It is the first course in politics to be offered since the military junta banned the study of the subject 25 years ago.

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Student activists here said authorities are neglecting the desires of students and teachers despite a sustained campaign of public protests against the controversial National Education Law.

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Student activists plan to again take to the streets to protest the National Education Law on Thursday in Mandalay, where they will reiterate a request that the government convene a quadripartite meeting to discuss the controversial legislation. (more…)

Authorities in Rangoon’s Ahlone Township have offered to construct a new road and ferry gate in order to help students access a school in the area, a local administrator said on Tuesday. (more…)

Student activism is back. Marching through the streets, chanting slogans and holding blood-red student union flags and banners reading “Education not for sale”, “Fight for democratic education” and “Say no to National Education Law”, Myanmar’s more activist-minded students have once again made headlines around the world. (more…)

The Myanmar government’s educational advisory group recognizes the call by protesting students to decentralize control over universities but claims there are limits to how independent they could be. (more…)

The Union Parliament passed the National Education Law on Sep 30, amidst strident opposition from student unions and education professionals. (more…)

Addressing the nation on the occasion of the 94th National Day on Sunday, Burma’s President Thein Sein noted that his government will prioritise raising education standards. (more…)

Student activists have requested that the government convene a quadripartite meeting to discuss the National Education Law, which has prompted street protests and an outcry from education groups in Burma. (more…)

More than 350 students protested against the National Education Law in downtown Rangoon on Friday, continuing their months-long campaign against the controversial law, which they say is undemocratic and fails to guarantee independence for educational institutions. (more…)

An unidentified group of activists, self-proclaimed ‘Anonymous Burma’ has been protesting against education system and the government starting from last month, and staged their most recent in front of the Convocation Hall in Yangon University Compound on Wednesday. (more…)

The All Burma Federation of Student Unions – known as Ba Ka Tha – and the University Students Union have announced plans for more protests against the newly enacted national education law. (more…)

Modern Myanmar’s political metamorphosis from dictatorship towards democracy has resulted in lifting the heavy burden of political and financial sanctions and led to an influx of tourists and foreign investors. Newly formed joint ventures have strengthened ties between Myanmar and countries in Asia and beyond. The former cash-based economy is transforming into a modern credit-based system. During the last three years, global brands have brought infrastructure and job opportunities. Despite economic progress being yet to be matched by advances in some other sectors, including education, the people remain hopeful that further political reforms will lead to a more equal and free society. Much credit must be given to those whose vision has driven the emergence of the new Myanmar, for it those who are most adaptable to change that survive in the age of globalisation. (more…)

Australia have pledged US$100 million in assistance to improve education for millions of Burmese students. (more…)

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