Education community criticizes junta for not allowing those who failed matriculation exams to go back to school

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Nay Pyi Taw, May (25)

The education community has criticized the military council’s announcement that students who took matriculation exams in the 2022–2023 academic year will not be allowed to go back to school in the coming academic year if they do not pass the exams.

The military council announced that the students who took the exam in March for the 2022-2023 academic year were the last to take the old curriculum, and those who did not take the exam and those who failed will not be allowed to return to school.

Those who are not allowed to go back to school and want to retake the exam will be allowed to sit for the new Grade 12 matriculation exam either by studying on their own or attending courses outside school, the statement said.

According to the statement of the military council, those who did not take the last exam and those who failed will not be allowed to go back to school and may face difficulties.

A teacher at a private school said that because the lessons in the new system and the old system are different, these students are forced to study outside of school.

In addition, because the new system is difficult and complicated, it is practically impossible to ask those who fail the exam to study outside by themselves, and because external schools are expensive, ordinary families cannot afford them, the teacher said.

A CDM teacher criticized the military council’s actions as not consistent with the previously issued education policy, and forcing students to study and take exams outside of school would also make it difficult for parents, and children’s education is at an end.

He criticizes the fact that the military council issued such restrictions because it did not want those who did not take the old system exam to enroll in the new system education, and it was trying to keep those who failed the exam away from education.

On the other hand, the military council promulgated the Private Education Law on May 12 to control the education sector, and said that the appointment of teachers and the development of curricula must be done only with their approval, and those who do not comply with the rules can face prison terms or fines.

According to information from the military council’s Ministry of Education, there were more than 170,000 candidates registered for the exam in the 2022–2023 academic year, but only 130,000 of them took the exam.

News – Than Lwin Times

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