A meeting led by the Chair of the Amyotha Hluttaw Education Promotion Committee was held on 10 January at the No.1 B.E.H.S in Maungtaw, Rakhine State.
The following are interviews conducted with local teachers in Maungtaw.
Daw Naw Mya Say, Chair of Amyotha Hluttaw Education Promotion Committee
This meeting with local teachers aims at giving them the power of motivation and lifting their spirits, which can promote their teaching profession. Regarding this meeting, we are going to submit a report to Union-level authorities and coordinate with the Ministry for Education on how to fulfil their requirements.
Daw Soe Soe, a high school teacher from B.E.H.S (1), Maungtaw
I think cooperation is essential for the students, their parents as well as the authorities, in order to promote the standard of education in the region. The authorities can realise the ground situation of Maungtaw by holding this meeting. Local teachers would be appreciative if the authorities arranged an appropriate transportation system, especially school buses, to the schools in Maungtaw.
U Wai Sein Aung, Representative of Sittway Amyotha Hluttaw
Being a representative of the Sittway Amyotha Hluttaw, I have requested the chairman to permit me to inspect the educational sectors in Sittway, Buthidaung, Maungtaw and Yathedaung regions, and I went on to meet officials of the Education Department in Sittway. After that, I met and had discussions with the Rector and officials of the Sittway Technological University. Later I went to meet teachers of Sittway Technological University, Computer Science University and No.2 B.E.H.S in Sittway.
After the meeting, I arranged to meet local teachers in Sittway and they explained the difficulties and challenges they had endured in the region.
U Ye Thiha Kyaw, a schoolteacher from Khu Taing
It was such a good meeting to coordinate with the members of the Amyotha Hluttaw Committee. This region suffers a shortage of qualified teachers due to the conflicts and violence. As a result, the ratio of teachers to students is imbalanced. Unlike the situation in city life, there are still many difficulties and challenges which need to be coped with. I also hope that the authorities concerned could be able to fulfil the basic needs of the region and handle these problems through the Hluttaw and the government.
U Nay Myo Naing, a schoolteacher from Khu Taing
As a result of this meeting, I believe that local teachers will be able to be more attentive to their teaching. In former times, they couldn’t concentrate on their teaching due to the conflicts and violence. I think time will heal their mental pains and wounds. In order to feel confident and mentally well, the authorities should cure them as quickly as they can.
Aung Ye Thwin