Maung­daw schools closed fol­low­ing deadly raids

The Myanmar Times - - News - YEE YWAL MYINT EI SHWE PHYU news­room@mm­times.com

SCHOOLS across Maung­daw dis­trict, 402 in to­tal, were closed yes­ter­day in the af­ter­math of co­or­di­nated raids by un­known as­sailants on three po­lice out­posts along the Rakhine State bor­der with Bangladesh, ac­cord­ing to the state’s Ed­u­ca­tion Of­fice.

The dis­trict en­com­passes the town­ships of Maung­daw and Buthi­daung, where 183 and 219 schools were shut­tered, re­spec­tively.

“All schools in Maung­daw dis­trict are closed to­day,” U Aung Kyaw Tun, an of­fi­cer for the Rakhine State Ed­u­ca­tion Of­fice, told The Myan­mar Times yes­ter­day. “Ex­ams are post­poned for now.”

The half-year ex­am­i­na­tion pe­riod for ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion schools in Rakhine had been slated for Oc­to­ber 8 to 14.

U Ohm Myint, an of­fi­cer for the Maung­daw Dis­trict Ed­u­ca­tion Of­fice, said more than 90,000 stu­dents were en­rolled in Maung­daw town­ship and over 66,000 were en­rolled in Buthi­daung town­ship.

Daw Tin Tin Win, one of more than 1300 teach­ers in Maung­daw town­ship, said most teach­ers re­mained at their res­i­dences fol­low­ing the at­tacks, while some had re­turned to their home­towns in light of the schools’ in­def­i­nite clo­sure.

“Some teach­ers have gone back to their na­tive towns,” U Ohm Myint said. “Safety [con­cerns] for teach­ers and the chil­dren was the rea­son for clos­ing the schools tem­po­rar­ily.”

“Teach­ers who are in Kyi Kann Pyin vil­lage [where one of the at­tacks took place], and are work­ing there hav­ing come from other re­gions, are now tem­po­rar­ily liv­ing in the No 1 Bor­der Guard Force [head­quar­ters] ... The schools will be re­opened when the re­gion is sta­ble,” U Aung Kyaw Tun said.

The co­or­di­nated as­sault took place in the early hours of Oc­to­ber 9, with the as­sailants killing at least nine po­lice of­fi­cers. Speak­ing at a same-day press con­fer­ence in Nay Pyi Taw, U Kyaw Tin, deputy min­is­ter for for­eign af­fairs, said an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the at­tack­ers’ ori­gins and af­fil­i­a­tion is on­go­ing.

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