Myanmar: Education ministry to upgrade schools in Chin


Chin State’s Paletwa township got 325 new teachers in July, and the Ministry of Education is planning to upgrade 49 schools there during the 2016-17 academic year, Union Minister U Myo Thein Gyi said in response to questions from members of parliament in the Amyotha Hluttaw yesterday.

MP U Myo Htut aka Salai Myo Htaik (NLD; Chin 12) wanted to know if there is a plan to open schools in the Paletwa township villages that do not have primary schools. He also wanted to know if there is a plan to fill vacant teaching positions.

The minister replied that the ministry was planning to open one sub-basic high school, eight sub-basic middle schools, 13 post-primary schools and 27 sub-basic primary schools in Paletwa township. The new teachers were appointed on July 27.

MP U Man Law Maung (NLD; Chin 8) asked about plans to order the transfer of or promotion for teachers, including headmasters, who report for work during summer vacation, with the aim of getting the new teachers ready to join the school by May 25. He also wanted the ministry to consider appointing students who had passed the matriculation exam as teachers.

The ministry has a plan to have the teachers ready on time, U Myo Thein Gyi said. New teachers are appointed nationwide through official invites in newspapers, he said, and the education limit is liberalised in remote areas where vacancies are harder to fill.

“For remote areas, if there is no applicant with a university degree, those between the ages of 18 to 25 who passed the matriculation exam will be appointed as temporary teachers on a daily salary contract,” Myo Thein Gyi said. “When they graduate, they will be appointed as permanent teachers.”