Changes in education policy and new curriculum for second graders

Amendments to the kindergarten and Standard 1 curriculum took place in 2016-2017 academic year and changes in the curriculum for Standard 2 students will follow in 2018-19 During the time of previous governments, changes often took place in the education sector due to circumstances and according to their policies. Similarly the present government has also […]

Yara confident of cashing in Myanmar’s agricultural growth

YARA International, a leading fertiliser company with operations in more than 60 markets, is confident of doing well in Myanmar’s agriculture sector because of the country’s current low productivity compared to other Asean countries, said Havar Valved, the firm’s country manager for Myanmar. Valved said the firm aims to be the leading provider of sustainable […]

Thai investors buoyed by CLMV investment climate

Following the strong economic growth in Asean, especially in CLMV countries (Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, and Myanmar), Thai investors have expanded their regional investment by focusing on alternative energy, food and agriculture processing, tourism, and service business. According to a report by the Bank of Thailand, as of September 30, 2017 Thai investors showed outstanding direct […]

Myanmar needs urgent reforms as economy’s in the woods

MYANMAR’S economy is still in the woods: The Aung San Suu Kyi-led government has delayed a long-awaited reform to allow foreign companies to purchase stakes of up to 35 per cent in local companies as business confidence has plummeted drastically, while jungle-style “ceasefire capitalism” flourishes in insurgency affected areas. To top it all, there are […]

Teaching upgrade plan to start in December

A pilot programme to upgrade education colleges will begin in December 2018 at two colleges, according to U Aung Aung Min, deputy director general of the Department of Higher Education. The programme aims to upgrade teaching quality by increasing teacher qualifications, in line with the National Education Strategic Plan (2016-2021). Part of the plan is […]

Drug production in Laos and Myanmar still a major threat

In December 2017, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) released its latest report on opium production in Myanmar and, at face value, the news was good. Since 2015, the area of cultivated opium poppy in Myanmar’s Shan and Kachin states has decreased by 25% to 41,000 hectares. And, for good measure, heroin […]

Japan to boost education partnership with Myanmar

Japan looks forward to more Myanmar students taking part in a student exchange program this year, said Koetsu Yamazaki, president of Kanazawa University in Kanazawa Japan. The Japanese government signed a memorandum of agreement with two Myanmar universities – the College of Science and Engineering, Department of Geology, Dagon University in 2016, and University of […]

Regions and States Seek Permission to Operate Casinos

FIVE regional and state chief ministers have sought permission to operate casinos in hotels in their respective territories during a meeting with Vice President U Henry Van Thio in Nay Pyi Taw in last month, according to U Yan Win, chair of Myanmar Tourism Federation. The chief ministers from Mandalay, Tanintharyi, Shan, Kayin and Mon discussed […]

Index Creative Goes Online in Myanmar

Index Creative Village Plc, the country’s largest creative events organiser, is expanding its online presence in Myanmar, as people there become increasingly attached to social media platforms like Facebook and YouTube. Founder and group chief executive Kreingkrai Kanjanapokin said apart from building up its presence in Myanmar, Index Creative Village is also partnering with tech […]

Why Can’t Myanmar Kids Learn English?

Myanmar students still lack proficiency in the English language after eleven years of study in basic education schools. According to the EF English Proficiency Index 2017, which measures English language skills in 116 countries, several Asia-Pacific countries rank low or very low. Except for Indonesia, all ASEAN countries have compulsory classes in English at the primary […]