Junta chief blames country’s instability on lack of education of rural population

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Nay Pyi Taw, 17 October

Junta chief Min Aung Hlaing stated that the country’s instability and conflict have been mainly the consequence of rural people’s lack of education.

At the NCA 8th anniversary ceremony, the junta chief made a baseless claim that illiterate rural people are being exposed to incitement and false news from foreign groups and attempting to destabilize the country.

Furthermore, the rural population’s lack of knowledge and critical thinking has hampered the establishment of a modern and developed society, he said.

A Sagaing resident stated that “we cannot accept the junta leader’s statement. We are rebelling against the military regime, not because we are uneducated. There are many intellectuals of the twenty-first century in our rural area. As a result, individuals in rural areas have the intellectual capacity, so we cannot accept what he said”.

Min Aung Hlaing said that citizens’ knowledge, thinking, and vision are important in a democratic system, and it is also necessary to improve their thinking and vision in line with the current system.

The spring revolution was not triggered due to a lack of education among the people but rather to claims of voter fraud and the military’s illegitimate assumption of power through the use of arms.

A resident of Upper Myanmar responded by saying that there are many graduates in rural areas, and they are fighting against the military regime because they don’t want to be slaves to the army.

Democracy activists criticized the military leader’s baseless statement as an insult to the 70 percent of the country’s population living in rural areas and as showing the reality of dictators.

Since the coup, the rural people have been deprived of their freedom of education due to the burning and destruction of schools and homes by the military council army and the arrest and killing of CDM teachers.

According to the report of the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA) released on September 9, Myanmar was among the top countries in the world where education was attacked under military regime.

News – Than Lwin Times

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