Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing visited Sittway, the capital of Rakhine State, on Tuesday, to donate computers and accessories for schools.
During the meeting with residents and local authorities, the senior general said that while primary schools in Rakhine State had 90 percent enrollment, that of matriculation students was only 25 percent.
The number of primary school children in the 2003 academic year was 104,569 compared to 25,450 matriculation students, with only 4,639 passing the matriculation exam.
Tatmadaw and well-wishers donated computers and accessories to fill the gap in support of information technology, with the area having recently received 24-hour electricity from the national grid.
Rakhine and Taninthayi regions were colonized in 1824, resulting in the loss of mutual trust among the people and ideological conflicts which left the area among the least-developed in the country.
The Commander-in-Chief said formal education is crucial for development, while the proper use of natural resources is vital for the country.
The Chief Minister of Rakhine State accepted computers and accessories and thanked donors.
Senior General Min Aung Hlaing then inspected a drainage project in Sittwe before meeting with military families at Sittway Station, where he said the Tatmadaw had won public support in the Laukkai conflict due to its sacrifices. Later, senior military officers donated food, computers and accessories for schools.
The commander-in chief comforted patients at the military-run hospital, while his wife visited the women’s ward of the hospital.