Up­per house MPs mull ex­ams board law re­vamp

The Myanmar Times - - News - SWAN YE HTUT swanye­htut@mm­times.com – Trans­la­tion by Zar Zar Soe

THE 1973 Myan­mar Board of Ex­am­i­na­tion Law en­acted un­der the mil­i­tary regime of Gen­eral Ne Win should be re­voked and re­placed with leg­is­la­tion re­flect­ing the coun­try’s changed po­lit­i­cal land­scape, Amyotha Hlut­taw par­lia­men­tar­ian U Kyaw Naing (NLD; Yan­gon 12) told the up­per cham­ber yes­ter­day.

Four MPs dis­cussed an amend­ment bill for the Board of Ex­am­i­na­tion Law, which was sub­mit­ted by Amyotha Hlut­taw MP U Min Oo (NLD; Bago 6).

U Kyaw Naing said the law, en­acted by the dic­ta­to­rial Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Coun­cil of Burma, lacked prac­ti­cal specifics and needed an up­date to more ap­pro­pri­ately serve the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem of an in­creas­ingly demo­cratic Myan­mar.

The Board of Ex­am­i­na­tion ad­min­is­ters na­tional ex­am­i­na­tions, in­clud­ing high school ma­tric­u­la­tion ex­ams, which are the gate­way to higher ed­u­ca­tion.

But the 1973 leg­is­la­tion fails to ad­e­quately enu­mer­ate the board’s re­spon­si­bil­i­ties or pro­vide ac­count­abil­ity mech­a­nisms, ac­cord­ing to U Kyaw Naing.

The law­maker noted that one pro­vi­sion of the cur­rent leg­is­la­tion pro­hibits stu­dents from us­ing sci­en­tific cal­cu­la­tors, a ban he said was akin to pre­vent­ing high-level sci­en­tific teach­ing and prob­lem-solv­ing.

In sec­ond­ing the amend­ment bill, Amyotha Hlut­taw law­maker Than Win (NLD; Man­dalay 1) praised its clear list­ing of cheat­ing prac­tices that a re­con­sti­tuted Board of Ex­am­i­na­tion would not tol­er­ate. The pro­posed leg­is­la­tion for­bids bring­ing a pre­pared copy of ex­ams into the class­room; crib­bing; com­mu­ni­cat­ing with other stu­dents dur­ing test-tak­ing; us­ing prox­ies to sit ex­am­i­na­tions; and re­ceiv­ing as­sis­tance from proc­tors, among other pro­hi­bi­tions.

Fol­low­ing yes­ter­day’s par­lia­men­tary de­lib­er­a­tions, the Amyotha Hlut­taw Speaker in­structed the cham­ber’s Bill Com­mit­tee to again re­view the pro­posed leg­is­la­tion, tak­ing into ac­count the MPs’ dis­cus­sion.

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