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International School Yangon to open Nay Pyi Taw campus

The International School Yangon will open its new campus in Nay Pyi Taw in September, said Gregory Hedger, the school’s director.

“The school is going to be in Nay Pyi Taw because …about 16 embassies are going to move to Nay Pyi Taw this year,” said U Zaw Tun Oo, deputy director general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Protocol Department.

The first class will have 24 students from preschool to Grade 8 who will be taught using the American curriculum.

Nay Pyi Taw has nearly 1 million people, and as the seat of the government, is the site of parliament and government ministries. Twelve out of 17 United Nations offices are based in Nay Pyi Taw.

“The reason for establishing the school in Nay Pyi Taw is to offer the best service for good learning. We aim to fulfil the needs of education for society and the children of foreigners,” Hedger said.

The 5.5-acre compound formerly used by the Junction Hotel is being converted into the school’s campus, and work is progressing on classrooms, faculty housing and outdoor play areas.

The school was founded in 1952 in Yangon for the diplomatic community and family members of business people. It offers classes from kindergarten to Grade 12 for nearly US$20,000 (K30.27 million) a year per student.

It has received internationally recognised accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and is a member of the East Asian Regional Council of Schools.

Graduates of the school can go on to universities and colleges around the world.

About 800 students from 48 countries are currently enrolled at the school’s Yangon campus, mostly from South Korea and India.

SOURCE: MYANMAR TIMES

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