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In August 2012, when private school admissions in Myanmar began for the first in half a hundred years, Myanmar's publicsector educational system seemed to disappoint its pupils, not only in terms of qualtity but also in terms of number. This system provided five years of elementary school, four years of high school and two years of high school.
This year, Singapore ranks No. 26 on the United Nations Human Development Index in comparison to Myanmar in 149rd place. Singapore provides a 6-4-3 system in which schooling up to high school levels is obligatory. While the Australian and US regimes differ from country to country, pupils in these lands get on board on average two years more primary and secondary schools than their Myanmar counterparts.
For this reason, the resolution to return private schooling to Myanmar for the first since the nationalization of private colleges in 1965 was an important step in eliminating the insufficient training chances of the country's prospective schoolchildren. Whilst multinational colleges that taught curricula abroad had been in operation for some considerable amount of years, they could only pay for the ultra-rich - and for those who were unwilling to continue their studies or work abroad, they made a bad wager.
However, private colleges provided an option by providing the necessary kernel syllabus for Myanmar, but also an additional emphasis on English, as well as a greater variety in instruction in enriched fields such as sports or medicine and smaller classes (and thus lower student-teacher ratios) than their official equivalents. This all happens on avarage at a small part of the costs of paying tuition fees:
One year of private enrolment will cost around K500,000 for elementary school, K800,000 for high school and K1,000,000 for high school. During the first year of admission of private colleges, 66 colleges were opened throughout Germany. Next year 46 colleges were opened and 69 more will follow. The Yangon region alone has now 160 national colleges and has 100 new private school openings for the year ahead - a clear indication of the growing interest in these facilities.
The KMC Private School in Mandalay was one of the first private school to receive the longest five-year approval (two-year approvals and one-year test approvals can also be issued to institutes, with review at the end of the period to evaluate renewal). The KMC founding father U Khin Maung Cho said to the Myanmar Times last weekend that private colleges should be more than just private equivalent colleges.
Instead of just training pupils to take examinations with honours, private colleges should also teach them to become good men who can better minister to their churches. However, first place is not only for teaching or curricula; you can be a champion in other areas," said U Khin Maung Cho.
Said a system of instruction that concentrates solely on the examination grade disturbs the real educational potentials that need to be nurtured, especially at a young age. As English is a predominant world languages, private colleges are concentrating more and more on enriching students' possibilities by providing bi-lingual alumni. "It is English that is at the centre of the class.
It is clear in large private colleges that they are giving greater precedence to the use of english. A number of private colleges have signed letters of intent with some of the world' s leading universities. Even though in the past they were the only instructors employed in my school, now they are also hiring mother-tongue British teachers," said U Khin Maung Cho.
When granting permissions, the state assesses a number of elements, such as the play area, the public libraries, the number of children, educational materials and labs. There should be at least 300 pupils in private school, although U Khin Maung Cho said that the implementation of this metrics is sometimes lenient, which he criticizes.
"When a school does not meet these demands, I wish it would not open this school. Wish they wouldn't just give permission to raise the number of private colleges. "Another controversial issue in private school, he said, is that some pupils sign up for the show without participating in the real world.
"They are facts that could ruin private school. Cautioning each other," he said. A number of private school foundresses tell The Myanmar Times that they are having difficulty getting permission in good season for the enrolment year. Simultaneously, there is also the reverse issue that some new institutions rent facilities and gear before they get a licence and then keep accepting applications in advanced without the family being sufficiently informed if they do not get an opening licence so that at the end of the term the student stays high and arid when it comes to taking examinations.
May Thu Myint, who founded the private elementary school Pan Pyo Khin in Taunggyi, said that not only should the school take away funds - no matter how good the private school may be.