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Myanmar state counselor appeals to teachers to serve in far-flung areas

Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi has called on teachers of the country to provide education in far-flung areas, Myanmar News Agency reported on Wednesday.

“Equal education opportunities should be created without differentiating between the hilly regions and lowlands and teachers should see it as a challenge to serve in remote areas,” the state counselor said in her opening address at the two-day Education Development Implementation Conference which kicked off in Nay Pyi Taw on Tuesday.

“Teaching the school curriculum alone is not enough for a teacher. They need to teach their students how to live safely and information programs on the danger of drugs need to be arranged in basic education schools,” Suu Kyi said.

She stressed the need to strengthen quality education and put investment in it, saying the 2015 National Education Law has prescribed the aim of national education expenditure to be 20 percent of the total national expenditure.

She called for efforts to increase annual education expenditure to successfully implement the National Education Strategic Plan (2016-2021).

At the conference, Education Minister Myo Thein Gyi said the government has made concerted efforts to get every child of school age into schooling and have access to education without any discrimination while upgrading some schools to promote opportunities for higher learning.

SOURCE: ASIA AND PACIFIC

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