New entrance exams system coming for universities

The Department of Higher Education will implement a new entrance exam system for universities, an official from the department has confirmed with The Myanmar Times.

The new system will start at some universities in the 2018-19 academic year.

U Aung Aung Min, deputy director general of the Department of Higher Education, said, “We will start with a pilot project at some universities in the coming academic year, because we may have difficulties if we try to change the entrance exam system at all universities, degree colleges and colleges at the same time.”

University entrance is still based on a student’s marks in the matriculation exams.

Myanmar has 158 universities, degree colleges and colleges under the Ministry of Education and other ministries.

According to a seminar on higher education that was held on Saturday and Sunday, the pilot project will be introduced at the University of Yangon, University of Mandalay, Yangon Technological University and the Mandalay Technological University.

“The University of Computer Studies Yangon and The University of Computer Studies Mandalay may be included if these institutions are ready. Also included will be universities that offer medicine,” U Aung Aung Min added.

U Arkar Moe Thu, general secretary of the Myanmar Teachers’ Federation, said that institutions need higher education law and university charters in order to qualify for the new entrance exam system.

The National Education Law was enacted in September 2014 and amended in June 2015.

However, the details of the bylaws have not been published because they are still being processed.

The amendments to the Basic Education Law, Technical Education and Vocational Training Law and Private Education Law were posted on the Ministry of Education’s Facebook page in August 2016.

U Aung Aung Min said, “We have to discuss cases that involve students who fail the university entrance exams and how to deal with that.”

Source : Myanmar Times

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