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Title: University Students Union Opposes Education Bill
Date of publication: 10 September 2014
Description/subject: "The University Students Union released a statement on Wednesday denouncing the National Education Bill; at the same time it launched an awareness campaign in front of the University for Computer Studies, 25km north of Rangoon. A spokesperson for the students’ union, commonly known in Burma as the ta-ka-tha, said the event was not a demonstration but rather “a gathering to raise awareness about the weaknesses of the education bill”, and that they had timed it to meet students who were entering the campus to sit for exams on Wednesday morning. The draft National Education Bill awaits the president’s signature since being approved by both houses of parliament in late July. Controversial from the outset, the bill’s detractors claim that it was drafted unilaterally and without enough transparency. Last month, a group of almost 100 students gathered at Mandalay’s Yadanabon University to voice opposition to certain aspects of the bill, claiming that it creates excessive restrictions on the formation of student unions and centralises Burma’s education system. Related Stories The All Burma Federation of Students Unions, or ba-ka-tha, has also released statements opposing the current draft of the Education Bill, as has the National Network for Education Reform, an independent oversight body. Burma has a high literacy rate – 93 percent, according to World Bank data released in 2012. However, the country’s education system was stymied under decades of military rule, and remains sorely short of highly-skilled instructors. The budget allocated for education in Burma is under six percent of national spending."
Author/creator: KAUNG HTET KYAW
Language: English
Source/publisher: Democratic Voice of Burma
Date of entry/update: 26 September 2014

Title: University student condemns the SPDC’s education system
Date of publication: 05 May 2004
Description/subject: Akyab, May 5: "The ruling State Peace and Development Council’s (SPDC) international claim that it is focussing on the educational development of students living in the border areas is a lie, said a newly exiled Arakanese student in Bangladesh. He fled to Bangladesh after he graduated from Akyab University in Physics. The SPDC’s procedures are badly organised, said the student, Saw Bhone Tun..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 05 May 2004

Title: Teachers’ and Students’ Organizations Join Up to Oppose Education Bill
Description/subject: "The Myanmar Teachers’ Federation (MTF) said it plans to cooperate with students’ organizations and join their protests against the National Education Bill if the proposed legislation is not revised in Parliament in the coming weeks. The MTF also called on authorities to stop their criminal investigations into recent, unauthorized student protests against the bill. Last month, teachers, students and education experts slammed the bill and said the government had failed to properly consult them during the drafting process. Students’ organizations held protests against the bill in recent weeks at universities across the country to highlight their concerns. The MTF, which comprises associations representing teachers in all levels of the education system, said on Monday that it would join the student organizations during future protests. “We have the same intention as them, which is to reform the education system in a democratic way. So we encourage them and we will fully cooperate with them,” Arkar Moe Thu, secretary of the MTF, said. The National Education Bill is a key piece of legislation intended to reform Burma’s education system which suffered from decades of underfunding and overbearing government control under previous military regimes."...
Author/creator: SAN YAMIN AUNG
Language: English
Source/publisher: The Irrawaddy
Date of entry/update: 26 September 2014