Jun 19, 2013

Myanmar allows opening of 62 private schools

The Myanmar Ministry of Education has allowed a total of 62 private schools to formally open across the country, the local Union Daily reported Tuesday.

Townships in Mandalay Region leads other places with 20 private schools, followed by Monywa, Tachileik and Muse townships in Sagaing region and Shan state.

Myanmar enacted a Private School Law at the end of last year to pave the way for opening more private schools.

The authorities have basically stipulated that private schools shall teach subjects similar to the curriculum prescribed in public schools, while allowing them at the same time to teach additional subjects so as to eliminate private tuition.

To mobilize the teachers in the country to serve the education sector, a private teachers' union has been formed to seek knowledge and experience from foreign experts to help raise private teachers' qualification to international standards.

Official statistics show that the number of state-operated basic education schools in the country has increased to 41,000 where a total of over 8.1 million students are pursuing education under the guidance of over 270,000 teachers.

In the higher education sector, there are 161 universities and colleges in operation at present.

Source: Xinhua