August 19, 2016

Primary education is fundamental to our new education system

My warmest greetings to all teachers across Myanmar on the occasion of World Teachers’ Day. On 5 October, the whole world celebrates society’s educators. Our country has a long tradition of holding teachers in high esteem, both as generous benefactors of education and as role models possessing the strongest moral compass.
More than ever before, society demands education par excellence. There is now recognition that quality teachers are an enormous asset in our ability to develop top tier human resources.
A new global education goal has been embedded in the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals. It calls for “ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all.” To realise this goal, World Teachers’ Day 2015 is celebrated with the theme of ‘Empowering Teachers, Building Sustainable Societies.’
In Myanmar there are 8.8 million students and some 300,000 teachers at basic education level. There are another 600,000 students and 20,000 teachers at the tertiary level. This government has rolled out policies to ensure that teachers are well-trained and adequately recruited to work within well-resourced and efficient environments. These measures are designed to satisfy the annual rise in the number of students in Myanmar.
The Comprehensive Education Sector Review (CESR) was undertaken as a collaborative effort between local and foreign development partners in 2012. As a result of the findings and recommendations of the review, the National Education Law was passed on 30 September 2014. This was followed by the National Education Amendment Law on 25 June this year.
Primary education is fundamental to our new education system, which is why new textbooks will be provided to pre-primary students in the 2016-17 academic year. As for higher education, I anticipate that universities and colleges will benefit greatly from being granted professional autonomy and wider academic freedoms.
The emergence of a talented new generation depends on the quality and efficiency of our teachers. At a time when the government is investing every effort into revitalising nationwide education standards, teachers are requested to play their part with the deepest sincerity and commitment.


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