Upper house MPs mull exams board law revamp
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.