The 2nd Pyithu Hluttaw 6th regular session’s 3rd day meeting was held at 10 am yesterday and 6 queries were replied to and a bill tabled.
Responding to a question by Dr. U Hla Moe of Aungmyaythazan constituency on the process and management of the President’s education award and how the public is informed about it, Deputy Minister for Education U Win Maw Tun said the President’s education award was started in fiscal year 2015-2016 and 117 were awarded. Of the 117, 33 were awarded with a scholarship from People’s Republic of China and 84 were selected for a President’s education award. One was unable to gain entrance to the graduate course of study and only 83 were presented the President’s education award. The President’s education award group provided tuition, board and lodging fees and health insurance to winners and in fiscal year 2015-2016, they were provided with Ks.3.486 billion. In fiscal year 2016-2017, 79 award winners remain in master’s and doctorate courses and were continued to be provided with financial support. The 79 were provided with financial support in 2017-2018 and the estimated yearly financial support provided was earmarked at Ks4.888 billion. Additionally, the President’s education award estimated at Ks6.517 billion was also earmarked for 80 outstanding teachers and staff who were providing their services in teaching post-graduate master’s and doctorate courses that the country needed.
Currently, the President’s education award is being renamed as the national scholarship award, for which a national scholarship selection committee was formed. The national scholarship award is presented with the aim of nurturing qualified new-generation leaders who can participate in various sectors of state construction, and MOUs were being prepared and signed with international universities. Arrangements were being made to present national scholarship awards to attend master’s and doctorate courses of study.
Once the detailed selection processes are drawn up, requirements of the applicants and selection criteria will be posted on the Ministry of Education official website and an announcement will be made in government newspapers. Transparent arrangements such as announcing selected applicants will be conducted, the Deputy Minister said.
In response to a question by Daw Khin Hnin Thit of Padaung constituency on plans to systematically promote demonstrators, assistant lecturers, lecturers and professors assigned in universities and colleges according to regulation, Deputy Minister U Win Maw Tun said promotion of teachers in universities and colleges are conducted according to public servant rules, instructions issued by the Union Civil Service Board as well as being based on work experience, service and set criteria of the higher education department. Transfers by rank and positions are conducted annually according to rules and regulations and promotions are made whenever there are available positions in the organisation. Equal opportunities are provided to all who are qualified, without any favoritism.
The Deputy Minister then answered a question from Dr. U Aung Khin of Pyin Oo Lwin constituency on plans to open an Associate Government Technical Institute (AGTI) to conduct vocational training and create work opportunities for those with experience in Pyin Oo Lwin automobile technology research compound. There was also a question by U Myint Lwin of Twantay constituency on plans to teach history as a compulsory subject from the primary to the doctorate level and a question by U Thet Naung of Lahe constituency on plans to upgrade schools in Lahe Township.
Next, U Aye Naing of Dagon Myothit (South) constituency and the secretary of natural resources and environmental conservation committee tabled a bill on protecting and conserving wildlife, forest and fauna.
Afterwards Pyithu Hluttaw Bill Committee member Sai Phoe Myat of Muse constituency read a bill committee report on protection and conservation of wildlife, forest, fauna and natural habitat.
Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker U Win Myint then announced that Hluttaw representatives who want to amend the bill on protecting and conserving wildlife, forest and fauna to register their names indicating the clause, sub clause and subject to be amended.