Government gears up to build capacity of educators


Teachers will be getting their own accounts in private banks as the first pilot project to increase the overall capacity and competency of Myanmar’s educators.

According to education Union Minister Dr Myo Thein Gyi at the meeting for improving basic education held on 21 July in Sports Village, the pilot project to open bank accounts in private banks for all teachers is underway to ensure that teachers get the full amount of their salaries.

“Capacity building lessons are being carried out because only when there is quality will the teaching be good. The aim is to increase competency in specific subjects. There are also projects to promote current colleges to degree colleges,” said the minister.

The ministry also intends to motivate the teachers more by emphasizing on individual performance via promotions and pay adjustments.

State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, who was also present at the meeting, stated in her speech that basic education was key and educators, especially those teaching in lower grades, are not appreciated as much as they deserve to be compared to those teaching in high school or universities.

However, she also advised that teachers must first get into more absorbent mindsets to be better at their jobs.

“It is important to cultivate a mindset of learning for basic education teachers and those within the education ministry. Only after that, you can begin to master your field of expertise because without such way of thinking, you will not improve in your subjects. It is not only about being able to memorize the school textbooks and having shallow knowledge. The minds of your student can only expand if you are knowledgeable. You must inspire learning. If you do not wish to learn, you will not make others want to learn,” said Aung San Suu Kyi.

There currently are 45461 basic, middle and high schools combined nationwide, serviced by a total of 431444 staff including teachers. There are 8771730 students currently enrolled and also counting students from religious and mobile schools, 9.2 percent of the students are basic education students.