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June 23, 2018

Pyithu Hluttaw discusses teachers, education for all, parent involvement

Dr Myo Thein Gyi. Photo: MNA
Dr Myo Thein Gyi. Photo: MNA
Dr  Maung Thinn. Photo: MNA
Dr Maung Thinn. Photo: MNA

It was an educational day during the 43rd session of the Pyithu Hluttaw, a day during which they discussed schools, universities, teaching and parent involvement in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
At the meeting, U Khin Maung Thein of Sagaing Constituency made a query as to whether there were plans for fulfilling needs to upgrade the Sagaing Technology University, for building up a convocation hall and for finishing a three-storey building under construction.
U Soe Myint (a) U Aung Zaw Myint of Amarapura Constituency asked which arrangements are being made to appoint teachers needed across the country including Amarapura Township, while U Nyan Hein of Thanbyuzayat Constituency questioned whether the ministry had plans for allotting expenses of primary, pre-primary and post-primary and for appointing voluntary teachers as permanent teachers.
As regards these, Dr Myo Thein Gyi, Union Minister for Education replied individually that more budget for the completion of the three-storey building would be submitted in the 2016-2017 fiscal year budget (revised) , and in case ofinsufficiency, the ministry would demand more in 2017-18 financial year.
The Union Minister added that 115 teachers (SAT, JAT and PAT) more have been appointed in Amarapura Township, and now that ratio of teachers and students are 1:24 (primary level). It was also replied that there was no plan to appoint more teachers for now.
“Locally appointed pre-primary teachers are currently being paid by village elders and they are legitimate to apply for the permanent posts in compliance with the principle designated for the post,” he said.
Then, Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker announced that “Law for the Aged (draft) with amendment” approved and sent back by Amyotha Hluttaw was received.
U Aung Sein, member of Pyithu Hluttaw Law drafting committee read out the report on the law.
Concerning the report, the Speaker announced that anyone wishing to amend the report was able to submit with accurate facts describing particular sections and sub-sections.
Seventeen parliamentarians took part in the discussion over the proposal submitted by Dr Maung Thinn of Meikhtila Constituency, which urged the government to hold educational talks comprising people from all walks of life for seeking of better opinion and advice in drafting national education law.
U Tun Wai of Phaung Pyin Constituency pointed out mosaic of suggestions— abortive discussions of National Network for Education Reform, lack of parents’ active participation, being void of power in administrative sector by scholar, scanty allotment of educational budget, unwillingness to invest in educational sector.
U Sai Thant Zin of Thipaw Constituency discussed that emergence of the National Education Law should be emphasized urgently.
Lt-Col Hla Naing, military representative, as well discussed on education, especially to achieve the goal. Education for All and All-Inclusive Education. He pointed out that it was needed to accomplish Public Education, Public Input, Public Interaction, in drafting the Educational Law by considering various opinion from people.
Dr Myo Thein Gyi clarified that the ministry is making arrangements for speeding up cooperation between parents and teachers through the parent-teacher associations, and in accord with the National Education Law, educational laws and principles are being made in collaboration with scholars, experts, teachers and students and interested persons. Hence the Hluttaw need not adopt the proposal submitted by Dr Maung Thinn.
Afterwards, Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker collected the parliament’s opinion and Hluttaw announced the proposal was disapproved: 151 votes in favour and 230 against with 8 votes in absentia.—Myanmar News Agency


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