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Education Lags Because of Past Govts: Edu Minister

NAYPYITAW—Myanmar’s education sector lags far behind others because of successive governments’ failures to invest in the country’s education system, Union Education Minister Dr. Myo Thein Gyi said on Wednesday. “As investment wasn’t made in education for many years, [the education sector] lags behind. There are a lot of needs and difficulties,” he said during an […]

Construction sites struggle as skilled workers head overseas

Daw Hay Mar, a trader, can only shake her head when talking about the high expenses she incurred in constructing a storage building and workers quarters because of poor workmanship. She said her nightmare started when she hired a group of construction workers in her neighbourhood for the job. Daw Hay Mar said the building […]

Draft higher education law to be amended

The Ministry of Education and student representatives have agreed to amend the draft of the higher education law to make it more responsive to the needs of the country’s education system. A group will be organised and student representatives selected from across the country to amend the proposed law, according to the processes of the […]

New plans needed for rapidly growing Yangon, says housing director

The government needs to prepare plans to deal with a shortage of infrastructure and the increasing number of crimes, said Myint Naing, deputy director-general of the Urban and Housing Development Department at the Ministry of Construction. Yangon, with a population of over 5 million people, is also the country’s fastest growing city and will become […]

Mandalay taps British expertise for higher education

MANDALAY, Myanmar’s second largest city, is expected to become the country’s northern economic hub over the next two years. Yet, skills and talent in the city still lags behind Yangon and many cities in ASEAN. The brain drain and skills shortage are dragging its economic growth. But Ko Ye Tun Min, founder of the Mandalay […]

Myanmar’s startups map past, shape future with virtual reality

YANGON – Gasps echo across the hall as the Myanmar school kids trial virtual reality goggles, marveling at a device that allows some of Asia’s poorest people to walk on the moon or dive beneath the waves. “In Myanmar we can’t afford much to bring students to the real world experience,” beamed Hla Hla Win, […]

Swiss-style apprenticeships for Myanmar craftspeople

In a large shed in the north of Yangon, Myanmar’s future craftspeople practice their skills. The saws are roaring, the students discussing aloud. But when U Nay Lin is speaking, his apprentices listen to him quietly. The teacher of future cabinet makers shows his students a three-dimensional drawing of a jewellery box, asking them to […]

Editorial: Despite progress, Myanmar women still at a disadvantage

Knowledge is power and Myanmar’s women deserve to have more of both, says CNN anchorwoman Most nternational sanctions on Myanmar have been lifted and the country is rapidly changing. However, the education system is reforming in fits and starts. For more than two decades, the former military junta suppressed schools and universities fearing more student-led […]