No free pass for stu­dent MP

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A SIT­TING law­maker in the Yangon Re­gion leg­is­la­ture isn’t get­ting a free pass on fi­nal ex­ams due to his po­si­tion, the De­part­ment of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion has con­firmed, while ac­knowl­edg­ing that all govern­ment em­ploy­ees en­rolled in ter­tiary study are en­ti­tled to cer­tain con­ces­sions – within rea­son.

U Naing Ngan Lin, an Na­tional League for Democ­racy MP elected last year to rep­re­sent Thaketa town­ship’s con­stituency No 1, is a stu­dent at the Yangon Univer­sity of Dis­tance Ed­u­ca­tion, where he spe­cialises in math­e­mat­ics.

A mi­nor so­cial me­dia storm erupted last week af­ter it was re­vealed that he had missed fi­nal ex­ams as he was on an ex­cur­sion to South Africa with a del­e­ga­tion of eth­nic rep­re­sen­ta­tives in­volved in Myan­mar’s peace process. But be­ing out of town as a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of par­lia­ment does not mean U Naing Ngan Lin will be able to dodge his aca­demic obli­ga­tions.

“If govern­ment ser­vants have du­ties and their re­spec­tive re­spon­si­bil­i­ties [to at­tend to] dur­ing the exam sched­ule, we give them the op­por­tu­nity [to sit the exam at another date],” said U Thein Win, di­rec­tor gen­eral of the De­part­ment of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion.

“It is not just for MPs – it is for all govern­ment ser­vants such as ath­letes and sol­diers.”

There are two dif­fer­ent dis­tance ed­u­ca­tion exam sit­tings per aca­demic year, with the main round of tests held in Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber.

Sub­sti­tute ex­ams are held in Jan­uary or Fe­bru­ary for those stu­dents who are able to prove ex­ten­u­at­ing cir­cum­stances – such as obli­ga­tions re­lated to a par­lia­men­tary role.

‘It [exam ac­co­mo­da­tion] is not just for MPs – it is for all govern­ment ser­vants.’

U Thein Win De­part­ment of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion

U Naing Ngan Lin rose to promi­nence in the wan­ing days of last year’s cam­paign pe­riod for the Novem­ber gen­eral elec­tion, when he was at­tacked by a ma­chetewield­ing as­sailant on the cam­paign trail. He was hos­pi­talised in the in­ci­dent.

The Myan­mar Times was un­suc­cess­ful in at­tempts to reach U Naing Ngan Linn for this story.

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