Compliance with legal requirements remains pending for several private schools in Yangon

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Schoolchildren are seen at one of the private schools which comply with legal requirements in Yangon.  photo : Xinhua

Nearly two-thirds of private schools in Yangon are failing to meet the requirements particularly the space specifications of a classroom prescribed under the Private School Registration Law, according to a private school association.
Yangon has 279 private schools as of September this year and two-thirds of them still need to comply with the space requirements of a classroom as well as that of a school, prompting the operators to make changes under the law, U Nay Oke, chair of the association said on 14 September.
“The law for private schools is already in place, waiting for its bylaw to get enacted. Now, the private schools have to abide by the law.
‘‘The specification of a classroom required by the law is identical to a classroom in a public school. Most of the private schools in Yangon use houses and apartments as schools and the classrooms are small for the number of students placed in them. And the classroom conditions are unhealthy,” he said.
Most of the private schools outside Yangon meet the requirements, but in Yangon, the space is one of the most challenging factors the private schools face. Some private schools in Yangon are bracing for the situation of closure if they are not able to comply with the law. — TC/TH

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