The Ministry of Education is implementing the national education strategic plan (2016-2021) in accordance with national education law to ensure all citizens’ right to basic education, higher education, technical education and vocational education, said Union Minister for Education Dr. Myo Thein Gyi in the 2nd Amyotha Hluttaw 5th regular session 11th day meeting.
The formal education will enable lifelong learning, the minister said. The Union Minister was responding to a question by U Aung Kyaw Soe of Kayah State constituency 7 on any plan in existence to implement a bridging education system that is relevant to those who want to study subjects continuously and whether it is included in the education law.
The Union Minister said the extracurricular education and lifelong education department is expanding extracurricular primary and middle school education works. Students who complete these programmes are permitted to attend basic education schools under the Equivalency Programme. Qualified students who have graduated from a regular Associate Government Technical Institute (A.G.T.I.) 3-year diploma courses under the technical and vocational training department are permitted to join their specialised engineering majors in a technological university while students attending government technical science schools and government technical high schools are permitted to change to other schools if there is vacancy and with the permission of the technical science/high school headmaster, said the Union Minister.
If a qualified student who graduated from AGTI while attending a technological university was unable to continue their study for any reason and wants to transfer to a distance university, arrangements are made for them to attend the distance university with a recommendation letter or the student’s letter requesting release from the technological university, added the Union Minister. The Union Minister also said graduates from the University for Development of National Races who did not actually sit for a university matriculation examination are considered as past the university matriculation examination and are permitted to attend the distance university while
they work. The Union Minister then answered education sector questions raised by Saw Sha Phon Hwa of Kayin state constituency 12 and U Lal Min Htan of Chin State constituency 10. Hluttaw representatives then debated a motion by Dr. Tin Tin Win of Bago Region constituency 5 to include under the heading of general subject in Myanmar’s education college, high schools and middle schools curriculum the “reproductive health”, “people’s ethic (Pyithu Niti)” and “democracy” for Quality Education, the goal number four of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
Daw Than Than Aye of Magway Region constituency 7, U Kyaw Thaung of Sagaing Region constituency 1, U Kyaw Naing of Yangon Region constituency 12, U Ngun Hay of Chin State constituency 1, U Aung Myo Latt of Mandalay Region constituency 5, U Kyaw Toke of Mandalay Region constituency 7, Daw Hla Htay, also known as Daw Ohn Kyi of Mandalay region constituency 4, Dr. Khin Ma Gyi of Kachin State constituency 8 and U Okka Min of Taninthayi Region constituency 8 debated the motion.
In yesterday’s meeting, new Tatmadaw Amyotha Hluttaw representatives were sworn-in and signed the swearing-in documents and a motion was tabled to confirm the bill to repeal the oversight of people’s auditor act was supported by a hluttaw representative and the hluttaw decided on it.
Aung Ye Thwin, Aye Aye Thant (MNA)