Ministry, NGOs cooperating on education reform

At yesterday’s meeting of the Amyotha Hluttaw in Nay Pyi Taw, Deputy Minister for Education U Win Maw Tun said the ministry is conducting educational reform by cooperating with Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) in sectors and sub-sectors.

The Deputy Minister was responding to a question by U Mahn Law Moung of Constituency 8 in Chin State on plans to reduce centralism in education sector and plans to promote and transfer teaching staff.

U Win Maw Tun said there are plans to “assign duties and responsibilities accordingly to responsible officials holding management duties in departments under the ministry at the state, region, district and township levels in order that they take on their duties and responsibilities more enthusiastically. Doing so is an important step in reducing centralism in the government”.

The Deputy Minister added that the ministry is implementing the national education strategic plan (2016-2021) in accordance with the national education law and to successfully implement the national education strategic plan, new processes are required to strengthen existing management setup and systems while work procedures and processes need to be modified and changed.

“The Ministry understands the matters pointed out by the members of parliament, but in transiting from an old to a new system, there is a need for management and practices to be in line with the new system and it is best to transit to a new system only when everything is in place”, the deputy minister said.

“According to the national education strategic plan and project stages, sector wise reforms were conducted and township, district, state and region level duties and responsibilities were being transferred in stages to teaching and management staff, parents and locals and thus the matters raised by the members of parliament will also be conducted in stages,” answered the deputy minister.

In a separate issue, U Khin Myo Win of Taninthayi Region constituency 12 tabled a motion urging the government to conduct proper inspections and record keeping of all landed fish at ports before sending it to processing plants or loading it on ships for export. In tabling the motion, U Khin Myo Win said the volume of Myanmar fishery and aquaculture exports are ten times less than that of neighbouring countries like Thailand and Viet Nam.

The motion had originally been brought forward to ensure the long-term development of fishery and aquaculture resources in Myanmar and to obtain adequate taxes. Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than announced the Hluttaw’s acceptance to discuss the motion after he obtained the decision of the Hluttaw.

Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar