Teach­ing col­leges to is­sue up­graded de­grees

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

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

Photo: Than Naing Soe

There were nearly 370,000 pub­lic school teach­ers in class­rooms na­tion­wide in the 2015-16 aca­demic year.

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