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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 […]

Ministry to Train 250,000 Teachers

The Ministry of Education will have over 250,000 trainers nationwide to teach the new Grade 2 syllabus, according to Daw San San Nu, academic director for the Department of Higher Education. “The training will continue step by step. Trainers for central-level training will offer regional and state-level programs, and then trainers from regional and state level […]

Draft of Basic Education Law faulty say teachers

The Myanmar Teachers’ Federation has said the draft of the Basic Education Law to be submitted to the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw on January 15 does not mention the role of teachers and has other flaws. “The Basic Education Council has the most important role in implementing the law but the draft says it will work with […]

Ministry, NGOs cooperating on education reform

At yesterday’s meeting of the Amyotha Hluttaw in Nay Pyi Taw, Deputy Minister for Education U Win Maw Tun said the ministry is conducting educational reform by cooperating with Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) in sectors and sub-sectors. The Deputy Minister was responding to a question by U Mahn Law Moung of Constituency 8 in Chin State […]

School Under a Bridge Offers Free Education to Yangon’s Poor

Beneath a Yangon flyover, child workers study for a brighter future. Tun Tun can’t bear to see schoolchildren. The sight of a green-and-white school uniform is painful to this young flower-seller. Down under the Hledan flyover, he will even close his eyes, ignoring the risk from passing cars, when he sees another child heading off […]

Two-Thirds of Disabled Children Not Enrolled in Formal Education

RANGOON — A joint report published by the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (Unicef) has stated that Burma’s national education law needs to be amended, as two-thirds of the country’s 232,000 disabled children do not obtain a formal education. A 122-page report by Unicef and the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement was launched in Naypyidaw on […]

NLD leader’s next challenge: the bureaucracy

Staff in the four ministries soon to come under Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s management have welcomed her appointment, telling The Myanmar Times they hope she can accelerate administrative reforms in the civil service. But analysts and insiders have cautioned that she will face myriad challenges in cleaning up the bureaucracy and upholding promises of […]

Guest registration changes tipped to win NLD ‘goodwill’

“Midnight inspections” – raids on the homes of suspected dissidents and opponents of the former regime – could be a thing of the past. But observers have warned that the proposal by the National League for Democracy to scrap this practice would leave many other repressive laws in place. On March 21, the NLD proposed abolishing the […]

Former university heads push for education reform

Following the dramatic election victory for the National League for Democracy, headed by Aung San Suu Kyi, with two former university rectors elected to parliament, the prospects of education reform are high, but it is still unclear where the priorities will lie. With the National League for Democracy, or NLD, headed by Aung San Suu […]

Universities prepare charters for next academic year

Officials at Myanmar’s 169 colleges and universities are busy drafting charters for their respective institutions, which will allow them to be self-governing starting from the upcoming academic year, a senior official from the Ministry of Education said earlier this week. “The charters will be put into effect this December [when the academic year starts], so […]