The seventh session of the second Pyithu Hluttaw held its 16th-day meeting yesterday morning, where six questions were asked and answered, while a bill was discussed and approved.
At the meeting, U Aung Hlaing Win of Mingaladon constituency raised a question about the plan to permit casinos on islands where only foreigners will be allowed to gamble. Union Minister for Hotels and Toursim U Ohn Maung said casinos on islands where only foreigners are allowed to gamble are not legally permitted. However, the ministries concerned are not averse to legalising this, and there might be a way to carry this process forward. After the gambling law is amended or relaxed, permission can be obtained from the ministries concerned to legalise gambling in casinos for foreigners, said the Union Minister.
A question by U Sai Ngaung Hsai Hein of Maukmai constituency on the plan to construct a new school building for a basic education primary school in Holoin village tract, Konmatlan Village, in the 2018-19 fiscal year was answered by Deputy Minister for Education U Win Maw Tun, who said a 60×30-square-foot single-storey building will be constructed.
Responding to a question put forth by U Min Thein of Taungdwingyi constituency on the plan to open a technical high school for students from towns such as Aunglan, Sinbaungwe, Taungdwingyi, Myothit and Natmauk, U Win Maw Tun said students from these areas were being permitted to attend technical schools in other areas as hostel students, and thus, there was no immediate plan to open a technical high school in the area mentioned.
In response to a question by Dr U Aung Khin of Pyin Oo Lwin constituency on the plan to include vocational schools in the national education strategic plan to reduce unemployment in Myanmar, U Win Maw Tun said this was included in the plan and was being carried out. In the future, this will be expanded further, added the Deputy Minister.
The Deputy Minister then responded to a question raised by U Khin Maung Thi of Loilem constituency on the plan to upgrade the Loilem Township Myoma Maipun Basic Education Middle school (sub), and noted that it was only half a mile away from Myoma (Maipun) Basic Education High School, and as students could obtain a middle school education at Myoma (Maipun) Basic Education Middle School (sub), there was no plan to upgrade this school.
Responding to a question posed by U Ar Moe Si of Khaunglanphu constituency on providing sufficient qualified teachers in Khaunglanphu Township schools to raise the township’s passing rate in the matriculation examination, U Win Maw Tun said there were two Basic Education High Schools in Khaunglanphu Township, where headmasters and teachers were conducting special classes and extra classes for the students. The Ministry of Education requires more than 30,000 teachers, and plans are underway to appoint over 10,000 teachers each year for three consecutive years. Based on the number of teachers appointed, they will be allocated to Khaunglanphu Township, said the Deputy Minister.
Proposals to amend the forest bill submitted by the natural resources and environmental protection committee were then discussed and the Hluttaw’s decision was taken.
By Kyaw Thu Htet,
Hmay Kyu Zin