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May 25, 2020

Over 100 teachers to be appointed in Maungtaw and Buthidaung

Teachers at a school in Sittway two days before the announcement of the appointment of 101 new teachers for Rakhine State. Photo: Min Thit
Teachers at a school in Sittway two days before the announcement of the appointment of 101 new teachers for Rakhine State. Photo: Min Thit

More than 100 new teachers will be working for the Maungtaw basic education department to replace teachers who were working in northern Rakhine State when the terrorist attacks of 25 August occurred. The teachers they replace have been transferred to their home districts.
The new teachers will be undergoing training soon in MraukU and Kyawpyu, according to Maungtaw District Education Department.
“Starting from 4 and 9 October, training for primary assistant teachers will be conducted in Mrauk-U and Kyaukphyu — 57 for Maungtaw and 44 for Buthidaung ­—to eventually be appointed as school teachers.
In some villages, village-appointed teachers will be appointed as helpers. While making arrangements to appoint junior Assistant teachers (JATs) in substitution for this academic year, the terrorist events took place.” said U Ohn Myint, the head of the Maungtaw District Basic Education Department.
It has been learnt that there are 404 high schools, middle schools and primary schools in Maungtaw District, including 16 state high schools in Maungtaw and 10 state high schools in Buthidaung.
In the previous academic year 2016-2017, female teachers of state middle schools who came to serve in Maungtaw District from other areas were transferred to their locations of origin. Now in their places, teachers living in Maungtaw District were appointed in substitution, it has been learnt.
“In C, D and E level schools, male teachers were appointed. Schools situated in town are designated as A level, with those within reach of homes in a day’s time designated B level, those within the reach of homes in week’s time designated C level, and those within the reach of homes in a month’s time are designated as D level. Schools situated at the transit camps are designated as E level”, U Ohn Myint said.
The head of the Maungtaw Basic Education Department said that 182 schools in Maungtaw and 221 schools in Buthidaung had to be closed following the 25 August terrorist attacks by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), a terrorist group. On September 12, 18 schools were reopened in Maungtaw —17 schools in Maungtaw and the Nanthataung philanthropic school — and 20 schools were reopened in Buthidaung, U Ohn Myint said.
Schools will be reopened in three categories—first priority, second priority and third priority. Currently, as a priority programme, 34 schools in Maungtaw and 20 schools in Buthidaung were designated to be opened in September, October and November. In December, January and February, a second priority programme will be launched, with those to be reopened at the last stage designated as third priority, it was learnt.—Naing Lin Kyi

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