November 05, 2016

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Maungtaw returns to normalcy

Children being seen after school.
Children being seen after school.

Schools that were temporarily closed due to violent attacks on 9th October have been reopened since 24th October and shops in markets have returned to normalcy, according to local people and teachers.
“Our school has about 2,300 students and 69 teachers but we don’t have enough rooms for all of them. We have to teach them in morning classes (from KG to Grade-4) and afternoon classes (from Grade-5 to Grade-11). We need a fence at the back of the school,” Daw Hla May Thein, headmistress of No.2 Basic Education High School in Maungtaw, said.
There are a total of 183 schools in Maungtaw including primary, middle and high schools. Although majority of schools have been reopened, a few have not yet.
“Our school, No.1 BEHS, has been reopened since 24th October. We have 1,640 students and 54 students’ altogether. However, only about 400 students came back to school yesterday as some parents are too worried to send their children to school,” U Aung Myint Thein, the headmaster of BEHS(1), said.
Similarly, shops in markets in Maungtaw are also beginning to get busy. “Although we cannot sell as much as before, business is becoming brisk,” U Hla Moe, a shopkeeper from 3-Mile Ward in Maungtaw, said.
“The functions of our hospital have never been affected by the violent attacks. We are still running the hospital as before,” Assistant Surgeon Dr Myat Tun Khaing of the hospital said.

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