Arrangements underway to implement compulsory high school education

President U Thein Sein poses for documentary photo with outstanding students at Ngwehsaung Recreation Camp.—MNA
President U Thein Sein poses for documentary photo with outstanding students at Ngwehsaung Recreation Camp.—MNA

Nay Pyi Taw, 5 May— President U Thein Sein met with all-round outstanding youths of the Recreation Camp of All-round Outstanding Youths (Ngwehsaung) at the Palengwehsaung Hotel at Ngwehsaung Beach in Pathein on Tuesday morning.
In his speech at the meeting, the president said that outstanding youths are required to possess fine characteristics such as academic competence, high morals, good discipline, genuine patriotism and union spirit, and that the government is exerting efforts to realize the wishes of the people for stability and development.
In doing so, the government, the Hluttaw, the Tatmadaw and the people are cooperating in developments in the political, economic and social spheres, and youths play an essential human resources role in people’s power, according to the president.
The president added that since today is the age of education, the educational goal of Myanmar is to promote an education system that will lead to the building of a society that can face the challenges of the age of education and appreciate life-long learning.
The goal of human resources development of the country is to nurture human resources that can promote socioeconomic lives of the people and national development, the president said.The government has therefore increased the education and health budgets year by year to realize the human resources development goals and to implement strategic measures, the president pointed out.
Educational spending rose from K 369 billion in 2011-12 fiscal year to K 1514.77 billion in the 2015-16 fiscal year and health spending increased from K 86.582 billion to K 753.001 billion in the 2015-16 fiscal year, the president added.
Compulsory primary school education was introduced in the 2011-2012 academic year and compulsory middle school education began in the 2014-15 academic year with the aim of achieving all-round outstanding human resources, the president explained.
Arrangements are underway to implement compulsory high school education later and outstanding students are being awarded with middle school education scholarships and high school education scholarships while measures are being taken to award presidential scholarships, the president said.
The president also said that in the 2014-15 academic year, K 732 million worth of scholarships will be awarded to a total of 3,246 students consisting of828 high school students and 2,418 middle school students.
In addition, the government is also providing stipends worth K 901.3 million to 16,022 students who cannot afford education in the 2014-2015 academic year, the president promised.
Although Myanmar has favourable conditions for development such as abundant natural resources, it lacks an educated and skilled workforce, the president added.
In conclusion, the president urged the youths to try their best to become future leaders of the country, scholars and experts whom the people can rely on.
After the president’s speech, the youths presented gifts to the president and the union ministers before an outstanding schoolgirl thanked the president.
Afterwards, the youths entertained the president with music and songs, and the president and his party posed for documentary photographs with outstanding youths.
The president and his party later paid homage to the historic Thiriwunna Pagoda in Shwemyintin Village-tract in Pathein Township and offered flowers, water, lights and scented wood. MNA

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