East Yangon University sees surge in distance learning enrolment this year

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The University of East Yangon, where distance learning courses are offered.

More distance learning students, including those who didn’t attend day classes for various reasons, have enrolled in distance education courses at the University of East Yangon this year, a lecturer from the university told The Global New Light of Myanmar (GNLM).
Although there were thousands of enrolled students last year, according to the situation on the ground, the number of both new and returning students has increased this year.
“There are more students this year. Despite the extension of the registration deadline from month-to-month last year, there were only a few more registrations. This year, we have not been able to close the list yet. The number is quite high.
“It used to be about one thousand. Now, it is more than a thousand and can be about tens of thousands,” he said.
Some students who dropped out for many reasons have returned to the university to resume their studies, while some day students have switched to distance learning, leading to a surge in the number of distance learners.
“There are some returning pupils who dropped out in previous years. Someday, students were employed and could no longer attend day classes, so they switched to distance learning,” said the lecturer.
When a student moves from a day course to a distance course, they can continue their studies in the same year and semester they attended in day classes, without having to start from the first year as before, and this could be a reason for the increase in enrolments, he suggested. – Thit Taw/ZN/ED

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