Education


After wrapping up its inquiry into the National Education Law in Naypyidaw, the Upper House Draft Law Committee will publish its findings on Friday, members of the National Network for Education Reform (NNER) have told The Irrawaddy.
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Leading members of the National Network for Education Reform (NNER) have voiced criticisms of the government’s approach to the current education reform movement in Burma.
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The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar today called on the country’s authorities to address ongoing challenges to the democratic reform process “before they undermine the success achieved so far.” (more…)

A committee formed by the All Burma Students’ Democratic Front (ABSDF) to investigate the killing of 35 of its own members in the early 1990s released a report on Sunday documenting the extrajudicial killings and torture in detail, offering the first official account of a dark chapter in the rebel armed group’s 26-year existence. (more…)

Released detainees claimed that 20 women arrested during a recent crackdown on student protests were administered mandatory pregnancy tests while in detention, drawing criticism from activists who view the practice as unusual, unnecessary and intended to cause humiliation. (more…)

Four members of the All Burma Federation of Student Unions (ABFSU) were detained for questioning at Thayawady Prison because they asked to inspect the list of people being held by the police overnight, Police Colonel Win Sein, the deputy head of Bago Region, told the Daily Eleven.
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Parliamentarians and some student leaders will resume talks today on proposed amendments to the National Education Law, amid suggestions of a split in student ranks.
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Kyaw Min Yu’s first political rally was almost his last.

On March 16, 1988, he joined a group of Yangon students protesting against the military junta which then ran Myanmar. They had reached a lakeside spot called White Bridge when police and soldiers attacked.
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Students detained on Tuesday and released two days later in connection with a violent government crackdown on a protest in Letpadan, Pegu Division, described police conduct as “unfair,” “brutal” and “unforgivable” in remarks to reporters shortly after their release. (more…)

A leading education reform network has announced that it will abstain from parliamentary discussions until all student demonstrators arrested earlier this week are released from custody. (more…)

The United Nations remains committed to helping Myanmar achieve its humanitarian and development needs in order to boost living standards for all its citizens, top UN officials have declared during their visit to the Asian country. (more…)

Earlier this week, the Burmese authorities staged a violent crackdown on unarmed student protesters and their supporters, arresting at least 127 and seriously injuring dozens of others. The latest violence took place after a week-long standoff between students and police in the town of Letpadan, 90 miles north of Rangoon, Burma’s largest city. It was the second such incident within the space of just a few days. On Mar. 5, pro-government plainclothes thugs charged protesters in Rangoon itself. Burmese civil society groups and international watchdogs are decrying the violence. The US State Department has also condemned the crackdown. (more…)

Myanmar on Thursday freed from jail more than a dozen students detained this week in a violent crackdown in which riot police beat protesters with batons and arrested 127 people after a lengthy standoff.
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Dozens of Burmese activists shouted messages to relatives from packed prison vans outside a court Wednesday after being detained in a violent student protest crackdown that sparked international condemnation and fears of a return to junta-era repression.
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A body of student activists has announced that it plans to attend a parliamentary briefing session next week on amendments to the National Education Law, after cutting a similar meeting short last week.
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Myanmar Buddhist activists staged a protest alongside Rohingya Muslims in Kuala Lumpur, calling for an immediate end to the violent crackdown against student protesters in Myanmar, reports Channel News Asia on March 11.
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Opposition lawmakers on Wednesday criticized the actions of the Burmese police force during the crackdown on a student protest in Letpadan a day earlier, during which dozens of protestors were beaten and detained by riot police. (more…)

Burma’s Ministry of Home Affairs announced on Wednesday that those who were behind violent clashes at a protest site in Letpadan, Pegu Division, will be identified and punished, as 127 students and other civilians remain in detention awaiting either trial or exoneration. (more…)

Plain clothes police officers are closely monitoring university students protesting the National Education Bill in Moulmein, Mon State, reports Burma News International on March 10.
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President Thein Sein has ordered the creation of a commission of inquiry into the violent dispersal of a student protest held in downtown Rangoon last week, according to state-run media.
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