Some schools re­open af­ter Muse clashes

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AMID on­go­ing fight­ing be­tween armed eth­nic groups and the Tat­madaw, 14 schools in Muse town­ship have re­opened, an Ed­u­ca­tion De­part­ment of­fi­cial from the area told The Myan­mar Times.

“They can­not open the rest of the schools be­cause of the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion in the state,” the of­fi­cial who asked not to be named said.

The fight­ing be­gan on Novem­ber 20 near a bor­der trade out­post. The en­su­ing con­flict re­sulted in the clo­sure of 98 Muse town­ship schools, 16 in Kutkai town­ship and 17 in Man­ton town­ship.

“Be­cause many have fled, not all chil­dren are able to at­tend the re­opened schools,” the of­fi­cial said. “But more than 50 per­cent of the chil­dren did come to school.”

Thou­sands of res­i­dents moved to refugee camps, and around at least 3,000 crossed the bor­der to China soon af­ter fight­ing broke out. But start­ing on Novem­ber 24, res­i­dents be­gan re­turn­ing to their vil­lages, ac­cord­ing to Ga Yu Nar So­cial Help As­so­ci­a­tion chair U Thaung Tun. Only about 200 refugees re­mained in the camps as of yes­ter­day, he said.

“Schools can re­open in down­town Muse,” said De­part­ment of Muse Dis­trict Gen­eral Ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cer U Zaw Min. “But I think the sit­u­a­tion is still un­clear in the bor­der re­gion.”

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