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Title: New law to see private universities use State curriculum
Date of publication: 03 July 2014
Description/subject: "Currently private universities are responsible for their own curriculum and many receive assistance in developing their courses from foreign universities. This will change after the National Educational Bill, which was submitted to parliament earlier this year, is enacted, said the official, who asked not to be named. “By the time the National Education Law is enacted, the curriculums of those private universities have to be [the same as] those of the state-owned universities,” the official said. He insisted that this would “not degrade” the standards of the private sector. “If they cannot teach it, we cannot recognise those schools. If every school teaches their own curriculum, we cannot know which school is better.” Private universities, of which there are more than 10 in Myanmar, say they are opposed to the provision in the draft law. U Nay Win Naing from Victoria College said students would lose out if the law is passed in its current form. “We are opening this university in this country and so we are going to follow this country’s law. However, the curriculum should not be degraded. If this happens, students will lose out,” he said. The NLD, which has been at the forefront of the push for education reform, is in favour of private universities being independent. It argues that rather than force private universities to adhere to the state curriculum, the state universities should raise their standards to those of the private sector."...
Author/creator: May Thinzar Naing
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Myanmar Times"
Format/size: html
Alternate URLs: http://www.mmtimes.com/
Date of entry/update: 26 September 2014

Title: Educating the Elite
Date of publication: July 2003
Description/subject: With conditions in the public school system deteriorating, Burma’s generals opt to send their children elsewhere... In military-ruled Burma, school bells ring only if politics permit. After the May 30 crackdown on Burma’s opposition and the arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi, schools across Burma closed their doors to stop dissent brewing in the schoolyard and spilling out into the streets. This is all too familiar to Hlaing Win, who attends a state-run high school in Rangoon. He knows that if he wants an uninterrupted education, he needs to go to a private school. "If I was a student at a private school it wouldn’t matter what the authorities were doing. They couldn’t close the school," said Hlaing Win, 16. Because of their place outside the state system, private schools are buffered from politically related closures by military authorities. Hlaing Win dreams of going to a private school like the International Language and Business Center (ILBC) in Rangoon. "I’m really interested in that school because I know I would get a normal education that is guaranteed in a foreign country," Hlaing Win said. Many of the top private schools in Rangoon offer internationally recognized school certificates and English language instruction. But their high fees mean that only a tiny portion of Burma’s seven million school-aged students can afford to go. Admission to Rangoon’s top schools does not depend upon a tough entrance exam or good grades. What students need is money, and lots of it. At the ILBC, fees start at around 1.1 million kyat (US $1,160) per year for kindergarten students and rise as students move to higher grades..."
Author/creator: Kyaw Zwa Moe
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy" Vol. 11, No. 6
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 06 November 2003