YCDC to transfer technical college to education ministry
THE planned transfer of a landmark Yangon institute to the Education Ministry could be held up by negotiations with private companies that have been given leases to occupy parts of it, city authorities say.
Yangon City Development Committee will transfer the land and buildings of the more than 120-yearold Government Technical Institute in Insein township to the Ministry of Education this week, said U Than Htay, head of YCDC’s building department, on September 6.
“We’re now preparing for the handover ceremony that will take place on September 9 at City Hall,” he said.
The GTI opened as an engineering school in 1895 and was reorganised as a technical college in 1958. In 1996, the Education Ministry transferred the school’s buildings to the Ministry of Science and Technology. Since 2000, the buildings and property have been managed by YCDC, with the school still operating under the ministry.
The 120th anniversary of the institute was celebrated last year, and a blue plaque was installed at the school to mark its heritage status. The transfer back to the Education Ministry was decided after MPs raised questions in parliament about the status of the buildings.
Permanent secretary for education U Kyaw Swar Soe said, “We’re still awaiting official notification for the transfer of the buildings from YCDC. Some of the buildings have been leased out to private businesses. We don’t know how long the leases are because we haven’t seen the contracts or heard back yet from some of the companies concerned. We will try to get the school back as soon as possible.”
Most of the buildings are occupied by small-scale business owners running teashops and car repair centres. There are a total of 55 buildings on the 42-acre (18-hectare) school campus, of which 30 were rented out to private companies by YCDC.
U Kyaw Kyaw Soe, vice chair of the GTI alumni association, said on September 6 that the alumni association occupies three buildings.
“We’ve rented three buildings from YCDC for K100,000 a month, and other organisations have also rented space. We will have to negotiate the lease if those buildings are transferred to the Education Ministry.” – Translation by Zar Zar Soe
‘We don’t know how long or for how much the leases are because we haven’t seen the contracts.’
U Kyaw Swar Soe Ministry of Education