A ceremony to honor outstanding students of the staff of the Office of the President and Ministry of Office of the Union Government in education year 2018-2019 matriculation examination and awarding of stipend to students attending school in education year 2019-2020 was held at the assembly hall of the Office of the President in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning. State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi delivered a speech and presented cash awards and certificates of honor to outstanding students who passed the matriculation examination.
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said the event was being held on to honor children public service personnel who had passed the matriculation examination. Passing of the matriculation examination was an important milestone. If vocational education was to be pursued, it would not be the same as in the school. However it might be looked upon as reaching a certain stage in life. Parents could also be satisfied and proud of supporting and caring for their children to reach this stage.
Students could also be proud of reaching this stage. Some passed with many distinctions. Some simply passed. We honor those who got distinctions to honor their efforts. They were not differentiating between those who passed with distinction and those who simply passed. So those who passed simply should not be disheartened or discouraged. Even those who failed and were not attending this event should be disheartened or discouraged.
Opportunities came repeatedly in life. Those opportunities should be used in the best possible way. How do we determine whether opportunities were used in the best possible way? If the opportunities were used for the benefit of both the majority and self, it could be deemed as using the opportunities in the best possible way. It could be taken as steps taken properly.
Everything must not be for self alone. The majority should not be forgotten. There must be a balance between self-interest and interest of the majority. To do for all only and not to do anything for self is also not right. Steps that benefit self and the majority are good and correct steps. Parents of the students being honored today had served the country for quite a long time and I want to honor them too.
Serving as public servants were different in rich countries and countries that were not rich and were still developing like Myanmar. Although there was this difference, Myanmar public servants were level or at par with even the public servants of the richest and most developed countries in performing their duties. The main point was to dutifully perform the assigned duties. The best inheritance that Myanmar public servants could pass on to their children was this spirit of dutifully performing the assigned duties.
Public servants should be proud of the fact that they were serving the public and the country while their children should also be proud of the fact that their parents were serving the public and the country. Some thought that the income of public servants was not as high as business owners and thus was not very honorable. But the public servants were the backbone of the country. So it was hoped that some of the students honored today would join the workforce as public servants. As the level and status of public servants rose it was expected that there would be more youngsters becoming public servants.
Especially they wanted to attract more young men to become public servants. Women outnumber men among the public servants. Gender equality should be fair and widespread. In whatever profession, there should be both men and women. In some cases men outnumber women while in some it was the other way around. Individually there were strengths and weaknesses. It would be complete only when there was cooperation.
She did not know what the attending students today had in mind. She did not know the expectations of their parents. Parents must not have narrow views in their expectation of their children. Look at the matter from the country’s side, from the children’s side as well as the family’s side. Look at it in a fair way for all. The same goes with youngsters and students. They also must look at it from all sides. Do not look for self or family interest only. Look at it from the country and the majority’s sides too. Only then could you be a whole and complete human being. A whole and complete human being does not look at self-interest only. But being ordinary human beings (putuzana), to look at the interest of the majority only would not be a practical expectation at all.
Students who had passed an important milestone in life must now choose whether to continue their education or go into life and earn a living. However and where ever it was, they should not do things for self only. It was also not practical to do things for all always. All must think for self as well as for all in a balanced way. Do note that the world was changing. Youths had fortitude and pride. In their mind they have a thought that their time was better than the past times and that they were better than the people of the past, more knowledgeable and learned. In the age of technology this was the thinking process. But this was not entirely true. Every age or time had its strengths.
As youths come of age, they were no longer young. As they were stepping into the grown up life, they should start thinking like grownups. But they also need to maintain their enthusiasm and innovation of youth. If they retain these two, they would become a matured person with balanced mind of a youth and a grownup. Becoming such a person could be designated as passing another milestone successfully.
In conclusion she would like to say that she was not only honoring the youths who had passed the examinations, who were no longer students but also the parents. She also wished to thank all the departmental personnel who helped organize the event with the spirit of comradeship, said the State Counsellor.
Next, the State Counsello presented cash awards and certificate of honors to Maung Phone Thuta, Ma Nway Nway Kyaw, Maung Min Pyae Pyae Oo, Ma Han May Soe and Ma Honey Thaw who passed the academic year 2018-2019 matriculation examination with six distinctions.
Afterwards, Union Minister for the Ministry of Office of the Union Government U Min Thu presented cash awards and certificate of honors to Ma Zun Phoo Ein, Ma Chan Myae Naychi, Ma May Pyae Sone Soe, Maung Zin Myo, Maung San Pwint Aung, Maung Sai Aung Kyaw Htat and Ma Hsu Thanda Aung who passed the academic year 2018-2019 matriculation examination with five distinctions.
Following this, Deputy Minister U Tin Myint, Permanent Secretary U Khin Latt, Permanent Secretary U Zaw Than Thin presented cash awards and certificate of honors to10 students who passed the academic year 2018-2019 matriculation examination with four distinctions, 11 students from Office of the President and 5 students from Ministry of Office of the Union Government who passed the academic year 2018-2019 matriculation examination.
The Union Minister then presented stipends to students from Office of the President, Office of the Union Government and Ministry of Office of the Union Government attending school in academic year 2019-2020.
Maung Phone Thuta who passed with six distinctions spoke words of thanks on behalf of the students.
Later State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the Union Minister, and guests took a commemorative group photo with students from Office of the President and Ministry of Office of the Union Government who passed the matriculation examination in an outstanding manner.
After the event, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi cordially met with parents, outstanding students and students who passed the matriculation examination.
The following senior officials attended the ceremony:
Union Minister for the Ministry of Office of the Union Government U Min Thu, Deputy Minister U Tin Myint, Office of the President Permanent Secretary U Khin Latt, Ministry of Office of the Union Government Permanent Secretary U Zaw Than Thin, departmental heads, parents of students, award winning students and officials. — MNA (Translated by Zaw Min)