Schools close amid ongoing fighting in Muse
SCHOOLS in northern Shan State have been closed following the flareup in fighting between the Tatmadaw and four ethnic armed groups.
Nearly 100 basic education schools have been shut in the township of Muse, where the bulk of the fighting has occurred, according to the Education Department of northern Shan State. An additional 12 schools have been closed in Kutkai township with another nine temporarily shuttered in Manton.
More than 21,000 students, most of them in primary school, have had their education interrupted by the conflict, according to an official from the State Education Department who asked not to be named.
The fighting began on November 20 when the alliance made up of soldiers from the Ta’ang National Liberation Army, the Kachin Independence Army, the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army and the Arakan Army launched an attack on 10 targets in Muse and Kutkai townships.
“We will re-open the schools as soon as the tensions die down,” said the state education official.
He added that extra classes may be scheduled to ensure that students complete the required curriculum on time.
Pedagogical materials from the closed schools have been shifted temporarily to nearby villages and camps away from the fighting, from which many people have fled.
A spokesperson for the Ministry of Education and the director general could not be reached for comment yesterday.
Approximately 5600 people have been displaced by the recent clashes, with around 3000 civilians having fled over the border to China this week.
‘We will re-open the schools as soon as the tensions [in northern Shan State] die down.’
Education official Shan State Education Department