MPs discuss downgrading education requirement for local administrators
Common sense and experience should be the most important qualities for local elected officials, MPs said yesterday. The lack of a formal education should not disqualify candidates from standing for positions in ward or village administrations.
The Amyotha Hluttaw yesterday discussed the third amendment bill of the Ward and Village Tract Administration Law, including section 5(c), which governs educational qualifications.
The section should be deleted, said U Myo Win (NLD; Mon 8), adding that someone’s accomplishments in school were not related with management or administrative skills. “Voters will not elect someone who lacks intelligence or knowledge,” he said.
Agreeing, U Htay Oo (NLD; Yangon 2), said, “The section should be removed. Local voters know which candidates are qualified.”
Dr Pya Phyo (NLD; Ayeyarwady 7) also urged deletion, saying it should be up to voters to decide who is qualified for such posts.