MPs debate Mandalay University upgrade, illegal tuitions, bank erosion

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The 29th-day meeting of the seventh regular session of the second Pyithu Hluttaw was held at the Pyithu Hluttaw meeting hall, Nay Pyi Taw, yesterday morning.
Dr. U Hla Moe of Aungmyaythazan constituency raised a question on the plan to upgrade Mandalay University, so it can provide high-level education and become a center for research.
Deputy Minister for Education U Win Maw Tun said buildings that needed major renovations, as well as those where new modern teaching rooms, laboratories and research rooms could be constructed, were being earmarked in stages.
The organisational structure of the university has been redrawn, and once this is approved, new subjects that can help create job opportunities and develop the socio-economic conditions of the people will be introduced. Also, the university’s cooperation with foreign universities will be expanded. At the moment, memorandums of understanding have been signed with 33 international universities and organisations in the areas of teaching and research. Furthermore, arrangements are being made for foreign teachers and students to attend classes, and for local students to attend international seminars, workshops and conferences.
A committee has been formed to systematically upgrade Mandalay University, and projects for this purpose are being planned, explained the Deputy Minister.
U Min Thine of Bogale contituency complained about the illegal tuition centres at schools in the Ayeyawady Region, and asked the government if there were plans to tackle these activities.
Deputy Minister for Education U Win Maw Tun replied that some 35 schools were being upgraded during the 2017-2018 academic year in the Ayeyawady Region.
As the Ayeyawady Region is a water-filled location and difficult to access, it is important to create educational opportunities for the children living there. Schools must have their own land, and if they have their own buildings, an application to operate a self-reliance primary school can be made to the township education head office, he said.
The Ministry of Education is providing the necessary cooperation towards this end. Only if it is registered as a self-reliance primary school can it be upgraded, with the recommendation of the state-region government. If tuitions are being given to the schools without going through the proper steps, the relevant state-region, district and township education offices will take appropriate actions, according to the laws, rules and regulations, explained the Deputy Minister.
Next, Daw Cho Cho of Ottwin constituency asked if there was a plan to use local materials, such as bamboo and wooden poles, to prevent erosion of the banks caused by the Sittaung River and Khabaung creek. Deputy Minister for Transport and Communications U Tha Oo replied that such local materials were used to prevent bank erosion caused along the Sittaung River from the 2014-2015 fiscal year (FY) until the 2016-2017 FY, with funds provided by the Bago Region government at five locations. Although this can be termed a success, there are limitations and weaknesses in this method. It was found that this was suitable for small creeks, but it is not feasible to apply the same method in large rivers and deep water bodies, explained the Deputy Minister.
At the meeting yesterday, Deputy Minister for Information U Aung Hla Tun submitted to the Hluttaw a bill amending the television and broadcasting law.
Bill Committee member U Sai Pho Myat then read the committee’s report on their findings and assessment of the bill, after which Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker U Win Myint requested that those Hluttaw representatives who wanted to table the amendment motion must submit their names.
Following this, an amendment motion submitted on the science, technology and innovation bill, confirmed and sent with an amendment by the Amyotha Hluttaw, was read by the bill committee. Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker U Win Myint announced the Hluttaw’s agreement and confirmation of the entire bill.


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(Myanmar News Agency)

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