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Pyithu Hluttaw to discuss motion on nationwide greening projects

Speaker of Pyithu Hluttaw U Win Myint.

Pyithu Hluttaw approved a motion yesterday on implementing greening projects nationwide.
At the 2nd day meeting of 2nd Pyithu Hluttaw 5th regular session held yesterday, the parliament decided to debate the motion put forward by Dr U Aung Khin of Pyin Oo Lwin constituency.
In his clarification, the MP has urged the Union Government to implement the greening projects calling “Green Land Projects” by stepping up efforts for conservation of the forests across the country.
Due to deforestation in the areas covered by forests, Myanmar experienced the worst weather in 2015-2016, standing at 2nd place out of 187 countries in Global Weather Danger Indices, said MP U Aung Khin.
He stressed the need to increase the rates of conservations of forests across the country, to implement the Green Land Projects in Nay Pyi Taw, Yangon, Mandalay and Pyin Oo Lwin systematically and as soon as possible, and to extend projects year after year in other areas.
According to the parliamentarian who presented the motion, forest coverage in Myanmar dropped from 60% in 1990 to 43% in 2015 and there occurred cutting down forests excessively in the country legally or illegally, burning trees for hill farming, extending farming land, wild fires outbreaks, insects affecting crop production, exploitation of underground resources, building dams and embankments, urban sprawl and deforestation caused by natural disasters, in the country.
In analyzing the real causes of deforestation, Dr U Aung Khin discussed that increasing population depending on forests must be added to the causes—wrong management on forests for the national economic development and bribery & corruption, stressing the need to appoint more staff.
As regards the question raised by U Myint Ngwe of Kyauk Kyi constituency as to whether there had been any plans to grant for building 2-storeyed school building measuring (30 ft—90 ft) after demolishing Bayintnaung one-storeyed school building of basic education high school (branch), at Bago ward in Kyauk Kyi township, Dr Myo Thein Gyi, Union Minister for Education said, “ It has been designated for a primary student to have a space of 12 sq-ft, and for a middle and high school student to have a space of 18 sq-ft each. So space of that school is proportional to the numbers of students. Scrutiny as to whether the school was dilapidated and dangerous enough will be made in accord with the prescription.”
Afterward, Dr Myo Thein Gyi replied to the question raised by U Min Thein of Taungdwingyi constituency as to whether there have been any plans for appointing teaching staff enough for post-primary schools, basic education middle schools and basic education high school schools (branches) across the country, “Ratio of teacher appointed and students is 1: 22 at the high school level, 1:28 at the middle school level and 1: 24 at primary level. Presently ratio of teachers and students on the national scale is 1:25. In the academic year 2017-2018, it has been targeted for every school-age child to have an access to learn basic primary education. And tasks for achieving permission of appointing teachers in accordance with the procedures—3 each for post-primary schools, 5 each for BEMS (branch) and 7 each for BEHS (branch) are under way. On receipt of the permission, qualified teachers are to be scrutinized for appointment.”
Then, Dr Myo Thein Gyi replied to the questions raised by U Shwe Hla (a) U Shwe Hla Win of Thingangyun Constituency, U Tun Wai of Phaung Pyin Constituency and Dr Daw Pyone of Inn Taw Constituency. At today’s meeting, informing Hluttaw of upgrading the tenure of the committee for justice and legal affairs, reading the annual report of drafting committee, and reading the report of the law for granting permit for operating the industry of Myanmar coastal and inland marine transportation (amendment) (Bill) were performed.

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