Bridge construction in Rakhine, a wildlife conservation bill, and a change in the way English is taught were among the issues discussed at yesterday’s meeting of the Amyotha Hluttaw in Nay Pyi Taw.
U Kyaw Lin, Deputy Minister for Construction, said that the Apote-Wa and Barawa bridges in Kyauktaw Township, Rakhine State will be completed before the 2020-2021 fiscal year.
The two bridges measure 30 feet long and 50 feet long, respectively, and will be upgraded to concrete bridges. U Kyaw Lin said the construction budgets for the two bridges have been included in the 2018-2019 financial year spending plan.
Also at yesterday’s meeting, Dr. Aung Myo, a member of the Bill Committee, read the amended Bill for Conservation and Protection of Wildlife and the Natural Environment sent by the Pyithu Hluttaw. The speaker of the Amyotha Hluttaw Mahn Win Khaing Than announced that Hluttaw members interested in discussing the Bill can put down their names in the list.
Hluttaw members also discussed a motion set forward by Daw Htu May of Rakhine Constituency (11). The motion urged the Union Government to change the way the subject of English is taught starting from Grade 9 onwards to incorporate the four skills – Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening – in a modern context so that students acquire practical English.
Dr. Than Win of Mandalay Constituency (1) said that the citizens of Myanmar need to acquire English to integrate with the international community since the English language is used in legal, business and academic scenarios in more than 50 countries around the world.
He said that the current teaching methods in basic government schools focus more on reading and writing but lack proper teaching in listening and speaking. He said that to accomplish effective learning of English in schools, government teachers around the country require new skills for effectively teaching the language. He also said the schools will need proper equipment for teaching the language and that the types of examination question need to be updated for effective testing of language acquisition.
Also involved in the discussion were four other Hluttaw members.
The third day of the 7th meeting of the 2nd Amyotha Hluttaw will be continued on 18 January.
Aye Aye Thant(MNA)