Schools in Maungtaw Township closed due to violence attacks

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One of the schools in Buthidaung Township temporarily closed due to violent attacks in Maungtaw District.  Photo: Hla Kyaw (IPRD)

The Rakhine State Education Department announced that in light of the violent attacks on 25 August by ARSA (Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army) extremist terrorists, 418 schools across Maungtaw District have been temporarily closed.
“We have temporarily closed schools in Maungtaw because of these terrorist attacks,” said U Aung Kyaw Htun, head of Rakhine State Education Department. “We are following orders from the state government to close these schools.”
School closures number 183 schools in Maungtaw Township, 212 in Buthidaung Township and 23 in Yathedaung Township. Over 80,000 students   enrolled in the Maungtaw District this academic year.
The department has plans to supplement the days the schools have been closed after tension in the area has decreased and schools are reopened.
U Kyaw Aye Maung, a parent from Buthidaung 4th ward said, “My daughter was attending 6th grade this year but I’m worried about her education since the schools are closed now.”
Our schools are frequently being closed whenever a violent attack happens in the area. This is not good for the children’s education in the long run.”
After the violent attacks in October 2016, a handful of schools were temporarily closed for a week in Maungtaw District but this time all the schools in the district have been closed.—Tin Maung Lwin, Min Htet Aung

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