Two-Thirds of Disabled Children Not Enrolled in Formal Education

RANGOON — A joint report published by the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (Unicef) has stated that Burma’s national education law needs to be amended, as two-thirds of the country’s 232,000 disabled children do not obtain a formal education. A 122-page report by Unicef and the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement was launched in Naypyidaw on […]

NLD leader’s next challenge: the bureaucracy

Staff in the four ministries soon to come under Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s management have welcomed her appointment, telling The Myanmar Times they hope she can accelerate administrative reforms in the civil service. But analysts and insiders have cautioned that she will face myriad challenges in cleaning up the bureaucracy and upholding promises of […]

Guest registration changes tipped to win NLD ‘goodwill’

“Midnight inspections” – raids on the homes of suspected dissidents and opponents of the former regime – could be a thing of the past. But observers have warned that the proposal by the National League for Democracy to scrap this practice would leave many other repressive laws in place. On March 21, the NLD proposed abolishing the […]

Former university heads push for education reform

Following the dramatic election victory for the National League for Democracy, headed by Aung San Suu Kyi, with two former university rectors elected to parliament, the prospects of education reform are high, but it is still unclear where the priorities will lie. With the National League for Democracy, or NLD, headed by Aung San Suu […]

Universities prepare charters for next academic year

Officials at Myanmar’s 169 colleges and universities are busy drafting charters for their respective institutions, which will allow them to be self-governing starting from the upcoming academic year, a senior official from the Ministry of Education said earlier this week. “The charters will be put into effect this December [when the academic year starts], so […]

Louder calls for more spending on education sector

Several businessmen and politicians have agreed that Myanmar should urgently increase spending on education and health, which, despite increases in recent years, remains the lowest in Asean. During a recent parliamentary discussion on the 2015-16 budget bill, MP Maung Toe said: “Although the education budget has increased, it’s still low. There is still no adequate, […]