Substitute teach­ers needed in Man­dalay

The Myanmar Times - - News - KYAW KO KO kyawkoko@mm­

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

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