Class­rooms shut by floods

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

TENS of thou­sands of stu­dents are not able to at­tend classes as flood­ing has caused 2171 schools to shut across six re­gions and states, ac­cord­ing to a re­port from the Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment.

The flood­ing has im­pacted 281 schools in Sa­gaing Re­gion, 286 schools in Man­dalay Re­gion, 392 schools in Magwe Re­gion, 387 schools in Bago Re­gion, 759 schools in Aye­yarwady Re­gion and 75 schools in Yan­gon Re­gion.

There is flood­ing through­out Mon State but it has yet to re­sult in school clo­sures.

“Bilin town­ship from Mon State is slightly im­pacted,” a spokesper­son the Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment said. “The con­di­tion is such that there is no need to close the school there but I am not sure if it will be open [Au­gust 9].”

More than 350,000 peo­ple from Sa­gaing Re­gion, Man­dalay Re­gion, Magwe Re­gion, Bago Re­gion, Aye­yarwady Re­gion, Yan­gon Re­gion, Kachin State, and Mon State have been im­pacted by the flood­ing, ac­cord­ing to a re­port from the Min­istry of So­cial Wel­fare, Re­lief and Re­set­tle­ment on Au­gust 7.

The ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cials said the teach­ers in­tend to make up les­sons af­ter the wa­ter re­cedes, but can­not pre­dict when that will hap­pen yet. Heavy rain and wide­spread flood­ing last year closed about 3000 schools.

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