Yangon, 1 Feb — Talks took place at the Diamond Jubilee Hall of Yangon University here on Sunday to discuss the National Education Law in accord with the new political culture in practice in the time of the democratically elected government, officials said.
Union Minister U Aung Min addressed the meeting, followed by rounds of discussions.
He described discussion and negotiation are the best ways to find solutions to the matter of the law in question, quoting the president’s message as calling for close cooperation in the speedy amendment of the law through negotiation of students’ demands.
In his radio message broadcast on Sunday morning, President U Thein Sein stressed parents raised concern about the postponement of examinations and the closure of schools. The president also called for bringing protests to an end and a firm resolves to find solutions through negotiation.
Union Minister for Education Dr Daw Khin San Yi expressed her views during the discussion, pointing out the need to go by policies and laws as education is a long-term process.
“With the examinations drawing near, now is the time to pay priority to peaceful schooling and the rule of law,” she said.
U Thein Zaw, Chairman of the Pyithu Hluttaw National Races Affairs, Rural Development and Internal Peace Making, said that no law is flawless by nature and that weaknesses should be amended as and when they arise, but in line with the existing law. He stressed the early implementation of action plans for agreed points and a continuous discussion of differences, pledging an immediate submission of the outcomes of the discussions as a national education bill to the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw for approval.
A student representative of the Steering Committee for Democratic Education Movement expressed their willingness for continued discussion and negotiation with stakeholders involved in the writing of the national education law and related rules and regulations.
Dr Thein Lwin of the National Network for Education Reform (NNER) said he agreed with the 11-point proposal demanded by the Steering Committee and called for negotiation.
With some points having been agreed, the talks will resume at the Ministry of Education in Nay Pyi Taw on 3 February for further negotiation and discussion of remaining points. MNA