Some schools reopen after Muse clashes
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.”