Thousands of private-school teachers ‘still unqualified’

Thousands of private-school teachers in Myanmar are not certified by the Ministry of Education and are unqualified to teach, according to the Private Teachers Association.

U Nyi Nyi Naing, chair of the association, said many private teachers have not complied with the Private School Law and are ineligible for certification because they did not have the required five years of experience.

Teachers who pass the entrance examination will still have to pay K80,000 (US$53) per year to get the equivalent of five years’ experience.

Repeated phone calls to the Yangon Region Education Office to confirm the number of registered and unregistered private-school teachers were unanswered.

Private-school teachers are required to have an education degree as a high-school teacher, a vocational degree, or a master’s degree in the subject they teach. Those who teach at the middle and primary level need a teacher’s degree or a diploma in the subject they teach.

To get certification, teachers with degrees need at least five years of work experience at a university, college or basic-education school.

Most teachers and student guides who have passed the matriculation examination find it difficult to get certification, said writer Thaw Thaw Myo Ham, who has more than 10 years of teaching experience.

“I couldn’t register as a private teacher because I do not have a degree,” she said.

Many teachers like Thaw Thaw Myo Ham who are uncertified have been allowed to teach in schools around the country, especially in remote areas.

However, U Nyi Nyi Naing said, teachers who have no degree can register as teachers after attending a short training course.

As of September, Myanmar had 1357 high schools, 852 middle schools and 800 elementary schools with registered private teachers, Yangon Region Social Minister U Naing Ngan Lin said in the hluttaw. Also, around 50,000 students attend 159 private high schools, 12 private middle schools and 37 private elementary schools.

Private schools pay the Ministry of Education registration fees in exchange for tax exemptions. Around 200 private schools in Yangon have paid the government over K60 million in taxes this year.

– Translated

Source: Myanmar Times

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