Girls’ orphanage plans to send its matric repeaters to boarding school

Donor U Hla Min
Donor U Hla Min

Yangon, 14 June — Orphan girls who failed the matriculation examination this year will be sent to a boarding school, according to a philanthropist who sponsored their education.
The girls are from Aye Yeik Mon Girls’ Orphanage in the township of ChaungU, Sagaing Region.
It is not clear which school the girls will be sent to, generous donor U Hla Min told The Global New Light of Myanmar in an interview, adding his contribution is to empower them through education. He is also an assistant secretary of Shwe Parami Healthcare Foundation.
The students will have to take a test to gain entrance to a selected boarding school, with the donor saying qualified students will be able to pursue education there.
The orphanage has a majority of ethnic minority students, which he said poses a barrier to them studying science subjects written in English, such as physics and biology.
Twelve orphan girls sat the matriculation examination this year and only one student passed it. Eight new students, together with 11 failed ones, will sit the 2015-2016 matriculation examination, which is usually held in March.
U Hla Min expressed his delight at the pass rate of Grades 5 and 9 from the orphanage. “The school needs more toilets,” he said, inviting donations and urging well-wishers to reach a nun named Daw Rupa on her mobile at 09-420 128 993.
Founded twenty years ago by U Win Sein, a former rail transportation minister, Aye Yeik Mon Girls’ Orphanage can accommodate up to 100 students.—GNLM

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