Five int’l school of­fi­cials de­tained in In­sein prison

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - News - EI SHWE PHYU eish­we­phyu@mm­times.com

Five of­fi­cials of a com­pany op­er­at­ing in­ter­na­tional schools in the coun­try have been de­tained in In­sein cen­tral prison in Yangon while be­ing in­ves­ti­gated for teach­ing the Myan­mar lan­guage with­out the ap­proval of the ed­u­ca­tion min­istry, a com­pany lawyer said Thurs­day.

The of­fi­cials of the Brighter Fu­ture In­ter­na­tional (BFI) Ed­u­ca­tion Ser­vices Co. were de­tained since last Fri­day, said com­pany lawyer Daw Nan­dar Myint Thein.

“Cur­rently five mem­bers of the board of di­rec­tors (of the com­pany) are de­tained at In­sein cen­tral prison. Only the woman of­fi­cial got bail,” she said.

On July 14, the six com­pany di­rec­tors were sum­moned to the In­sein town­ship court for ques­tion­ing about the com­plaint that two of the schools the com­pany is op­er­at­ing, the Shu Khinn Ther In­ter­na­tional Col­lege in Yangon and the Man­dalay In­ter­na­tional Sci­ence Academy, were teach­ing the Myan­mar lan­guage with­out per­mit from the ed­u­ca­tion min­istry.

Un­der the law, vi­o­la­tors could be im­pris­oned for up to three years and could be fined up to K300,000 (US$220).

Daw Nan­dar Myint Thein said that the com­pany of­fi­cials were not al­lowed to leave af­ter the ques­tion­ing and were in­stead re­manded in the In­sein town­ship po­lice sta­tion.

On Mon­day, the six were trans­ferred to the In­sein cen­tral prison. The woman school of­fi­cial was al­lowed to post bail on Tues­day.

“Our schools are open in Myan­mar so we are teach­ing Myan­mar lan­guage aimed at bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the Myan­mar cul­ture and lan­guage. This was based on the re­quest of the par­ents of our stu­dents,” she said. “We are not teach­ing the gov­ern­ment cur­ricu­lum. The Myan­mar lan­guage cur­ricu­lum that we are teach­ing in our schools is de­signed by us”

The two in­ter­na­tional schools were es­tab­lished in the year 2000. BFI is now op­er­at­ing six schools in three cities.

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