Substitute teachers needed in Mandalay
MANDALAY’S regional government has appealed to the Ministry of Education to assist in filling vacant teaching positions in primary schools across the region’s rural and remote areas.
U Khin Maung Myint, a deputy director of Mandalay’s education office, said 162 new teachers were needed to fill gaps in the region’s primary schools.
“We assigned many teachers to primary schools in Mandalay in July this year but we have not been able to fill all the positions. Some teachers [who were initially assigned to schools in the region] have given reasons why they cannot fulfill their assignments. For example, some of them have other jobs,” U Khin Maung Myint said.
“We have made a request for replacements to the Ministry of Education. We hope to fill the positions once the ministry responds to our request,” he said.
More than 900,000 students are enrolled across Mandalay Region this academic year, a number which has increased on previous years due to the introduction of free education, according to the region’s education office.
U Khin Maung Myint said that the vacancies were mostly in areas far from the relevant township’s education office and that the replacement teachers would be sent to these areas. He added that there is a general need for more teachers across Mandalay, a problem exacerbated by high teacher turnover.
“There are enough teachers in the schools in the cities but there are not enough teachers in the places which are very far from the cities,” said one female primary school teacher. “Many female teachers find it hard to work in places which are remote.”
– Translation by Win Thaw Tar