Ed­u­ca­tion min­istry to up­grade schools in Chin

The Myanmar Times - - News - SWAN YE HTUT swanye­htut@mm­times.com

CHIN State’s Paletwa town­ship got 325 new teach­ers in July, and the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion is plan­ning to up­grade 49 schools there dur­ing the 2016-17 aca­demic year, Union Min­is­ter U Myo Thein Gyi said in re­sponse to ques­tions from mem­bers of par­lia­ment in the Amyotha Hlut­taw yes­ter­day.

MP U Myo Htut aka Salai Myo Htaik (NLD; Chin 12) wanted to know if there is a plan to open schools in the Paletwa town­ship vil­lages that do not have pri­mary schools. He also wanted to know if there is a plan to fill va­cant teach­ing po­si­tions.

The min­is­ter replied that the min­istry was plan­ning to open one sub­ba­sic high school, eight sub-ba­sic mid­dle schools, 13 post-pri­mary schools and 27 sub-ba­sic pri­mary schools in Paletwa town­ship. The new teach­ers were ap­pointed on July 27.

MP U Man Law Maung (NLD; Chin 8) asked about plans to or­der the trans­fer of or pro­mo­tion for teach­ers, in­clud­ing head­mas­ters, who re­port for work dur­ing sum­mer va­ca­tion, with the aim of get­ting the new teach­ers ready to join the school by May 25. He also wanted the min­istry to con­sider ap­point­ing stu­dents who had passed the ma­tric­u­la­tion exam as teach­ers.

The min­istry has a plan to have the teach­ers ready on time, U Myo Thein Gyi said. New teach­ers are ap­pointed na­tion­wide through of­fi­cial in­vites in news­pa­pers, he said, and the ed­u­ca­tion limit is lib­er­alised in re­mote ar­eas where va­can­cies are harder to fill.

“For re­mote ar­eas, if there is no ap­pli­cant with a univer­sity de­gree, those be­tween the ages of 18 to 25 who passed the ma­tric­u­la­tion exam will be ap­pointed as tem­po­rary teach­ers on a daily salary con­tract,” Myo Thein Gyi said. “When they grad­u­ate, they will be ap­pointed as per­ma­nent teach­ers.”

– Trans­la­tion by Thiri Min Htun

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