Teaching colleges to issue upgraded degrees
TEACHER training colleges across the country are slated for an upgrade in terms of both quality and prestige, Union Minister for Education U Myo Thein Gyi said at a seminar held in Nay Pyi Taw on July 21 and 22.
The teacher training colleges will soon offer degrees – considered more impressive than the currently offered diplomas.
There were 369,919 public school teachers educating 8.7 million students across 45,461 schools in the 2015-16 academic year, according to a report aimed at teacher placement.
About 14,000 teachers are added to the state-run education system through pre-service teacher training each year, but another 4000 or so drop out of the profession annually, said U Toe Win, deputy director of management for the Department of Basic Education. Nationwide, there are about 22 students for every teacher at the high school and primary school levels, while there are 28 students to every teacher at the middle school level, according to the report.
However, the ratio differs in remote areas. For example, in Kachin State primary schools there are nine students for every teacher, but in Rakhine State and eastern Bago Region, there are more than 35 primary school students for every teacher. There are more than 20 education colleges under the umbrella of the Department of Teacher Education and Training.
“A seminar on teacher training is going to be held on August 4 and 5,” said U Than Oo, a visiting professor at Yangon Education University. “At that seminar there will be more discussion of how to turn out quality teachers.”
– Translation by Thiri Min Htun
There were nearly 370,000 public school teachers in classrooms nationwide in the 2015-16 academic year.