Suu Kyi demands education reform

The education system needs great reform and increased budgets, says State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi.

“We must try to change the exam system and the way of learning and increase the budget for education,” Suu Kyi told a seminar on national education promotion in Nay Pyi Taw.

She said the difficulties facing teachers must be considered while they needed to treat pupils like their own children, without discrimination.

“It is important that teachers must not bluff pupils and that they must admit to what they don’t know. Teachers need to be honest with their pupils. Only then will they be able to lead them to the correct path,” Suu Kyi said.

She pointed out that a teacher-centred approach was out of date, stressing the need to learn both from within and outside the classroom.

She said the education system should focus on critical thinking, not on rote learning.

For this academic year, there are 45,461 primary, middle and high schools with 431,444 teaching and administrative staff across the country, according to official figures.

There are 8,771,730 children with monastic education and mobile schools bringing the total to 9.2 million.

 

Source: Eleven Myanmar

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