MPs dis­cuss down­grad­ing ed­u­ca­tion re­quire­ment for lo­cal ad­min­is­tra­tors

The Myanmar Times - - News - – Swan Ye Htut, trans­la­tion by Thiri Min Htun

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.

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