UK and Myanmar discuss education reforms

Myanmar official led by Minister Dr. Myo Thein Gyi hold meeting with British Counterparts. Photo:MNA

BRITISH and Myanmar government officials discussed overhauling Myanmar’s national education system at a planning meeting yesterday at Yangon University, according to a Myanmar News Agency report.
Union Minister for Education Dr. Myo Thein Gyi and British Minister of State Department for International Development (DFID) Mr. Alistair Burt discussed national curricula development, upgrading of two-year colleges to four-year colleges, learning assessment methodologies, ethnic language courses in regions and states, reforms to Yangon University, British guest lecturer and academic exchange at Yangon University, English and job proficiency courses for university teachers, scholarship programs and distance learning.
On 1 July, the education minister visited a village high school opening in Magway Region. In a speech at the event Dr. Myo Thein Gyi said the government has upgraded 5,099 schools during the current academic year. Enhancements include increased student enrollment, reformed primary curricula, dropout prevention programs, and new teacher training and parental information workshops teachers.
The Union minister also attended ceremonies to open upgraded high schools in Natmauk and Yenanchaung townships.

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