Education: A light that dispels darkness and ignorance

Individuals need to complete middle school education at minimum for their lives according to the global landscape.

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing pointed out that as Myanmar emphasizes agriculture and livestock farming, a large number of skilful persons are required to produce systematic agricultural and livestock products.
Chairman of the State Administration Council Prime Minister Senior General Min Aung Hlaing delivered a speech at the opening of the Myanmar National Education Conference 2024 at the Myanmar International Convention Centre II in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning.
Speaking on the occasion, the Senior General said that everybody can see that the most developed countries have many educated citizens. Hence, Myanmar needs to have many educated citizens.
Senior General Min Aung Hlaing pointed out that as Myanmar emphasizes agriculture and livestock farming, a large number of skilful persons are required to produce systematic agricultural and livestock products. Thus, 85 basic education plus industrial, agricultural and livestock breeding schools were opened in 84 districts in 2023-24 and 2024-25 academic years, he added.
He continued that as the infrastructure of a country is abundant in educated human resources, the Myanmar National Education Conference 2024 will be held in accord with the objective: To further promote education for the development of human resources.
The Senior General highlighted that education is similar to light, which can excise darkness and ignorance. As such, the Lord Buddha preached that there is no light like education.
He underscored that those who have knowledge from the higher education level can grasp the jobs to earn increased incomes. Those who have initiative and a high capability of creativity are successful in relevant arenas.
The Senior General emphasized that the strength of a country depends on education. The students with five capabilities are the strength of the nation as well as the future of the State. Apart from parents, student youths acquire knowledge from teachers as second parents, he added.
In Myanmar society, he noted that all people keep teachers at the fore forever. As such, teachers have to give guidelines to students to help them become educated and polite.
He stressed that most of the people earning incomes at the middle class rely on the school education of the State. As such, teachers need to give training to students to become well-rounded students.
The Senior General recounted that in the post-COVID-19 period, 5.3 million students attended the schools in the 2021-22 academic year compared with more than eight million in the 2023-24 academic year and 7.3 million on 21 June of the 2024-25 academic year.
He instructed that education officers, school heads, parents, teachers and students have to enhance the prestige of their schools.
He urged students to follow school disciplines in line with the saying that school is the birthplace of national character, adding teachers have to teach their students to abide by laws and disciplines as the practice of responsible citizens.
The Senior General underlined that learning higher education aims to help citizens emerge as well-versed citizens with the improvement of their socioeconomy in addition to obtaining relevant degrees. If so, those educated persons will benefit the country.
He outlined that Myanmar’s universities need to revive curriculums so that students can learn education that attains global standards.
The Senior General noted that it is necessary to exercise the student-centred learning system to create active learning among students.
SAC Vice-Chairman Deputy Prime Minister Vice-Senior General Soe Win, Joint Secretary Lt-Gen Ye Win Oo, Council Member General Mya Tun Oo, Union Minister for Education Dr Nyunt Pe and Union Minister for Science and Technology Dr Myo Thein Kyaw cut the ribbon to launch the conference.
The Senior General unveiled the archway of the conference.
The Senior General and dignitaries enjoyed the song and opera presentations of artistes from the MRTV, Myawady TV and Fine Arts Department.
The Union minister for Education presented a gift for the conference to the Senior General.
The Senior General and the party visited booths at the conference exhibition.
The conference organized by the Ministry of Education and relevant ministries continues till 27 June. — MNA/TTA

Salient points from the speech delivered by the Senior General at the Myanmar National Education Conference 2024
  • Individuals need to complete middle school education at minimum for their lives according to the global landscape.
  • Everybody can see that most developed countries have many educated citizens. Hence, Myanmar needs to have many educated citizens.
  • Education is similar to light, which can remove darkness and ignorance.
  • Students follow school disciplines in line with the saying that school is the birth- place of national character.
  • Learning higher education aims to help citizens emerge as well-versed citizens by improving their socioeconomy in addition to obtaining relevant degrees.
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