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The Second Pyithu Hluttaw’s tenth-day regular session held its tenth meeting at the Pyithu Hluttaw meeting hall yesterday morning.

Q&A Session

The meeting starts with asterisk marked question session where U Min Thein of Taungdwingyi constituency asked if there is a plan by a relevant ministry to maintain the tombs of the Konbaung dynasty royal ancestors in the vicinity of Nga Htat Kyee Pagoda in Yangon. Deputy Minister for Religious Affairs and Culture U Kyi Min replied that of the 20 tombs, only six including that of former Minister for Home Affairs Sir U Tha were of Konbaung dynasty royal ancestors Princess Mindat Hteik Khaung Tin, daughter of King Mindon had elaborate designs on the tomb while the rest are simple plain tombs.

Since about eighteen years ago, the tombs were left unattended but a month ago, Myanmar Royal Ancestor Association has conducted maintenance works on the tombs. It is more appropriate for the royal ancestors to maintain these tombs while the ministry gave priority to other historical, architectural and artistic heritages explained the Deputy Minister.

On the question raised by U Myo Nyunt of Homalin constituency on plan to promote graduate general workers in primary schools of education department as primary school teachers or grant permission to attend education college and serve as primary school teachers. Union Minister for Education Dr. Myo Thein Gyi explained that this program has been discontinued. However as per promotion regulation, qualified general workers will be selected to attend teacher training courses and will be appointed as primary school teachers. In addition to this, everyone, including graduate general workers can sit in the entrance examination to attend primary school teacher training course like any other graduates said the Union Minister.

Dr. U Than Aung Soe of Minhla constituency then asked about how local and internationally linked schools are permitted, assessed and graded as college, center, courses, training, institute school, programme, pre-graduate trainings etc., which department conducts evaluation on the degrees granted and whether the main schools, universities and colleges recognize these degrees. Union Minister for Education Dr. Myo Thein Gyi said the curriculums of diploma, degree, master and doctorate courses conducted in Ministry of Education, Higher Education Department, universities and colleges as well as other courses conducted by other ministries in cooperation with Ministry of Education are submitted to National Education Policy Commission and National Curriculum Committee where evaluation and decision were made and approvals were granted.

Private schools teaching the national curriculum or national curriculum plus additional curriculums are permitted according to Private School Registration Law and rules.

However some private schools, education service providers and foreign universities or education organizations were not permitted under laws related to Ministry of Education and were providing their services as education service companies registered under Company Registration Law and rules at Directorate of Investment and Company Administration, Ministry of Planning and Finance. There are difficulties to authenticate and evaluate diploma, degree, master and doctorate granted at such schools and entities under the National Education Law and the amendment to that law.

At the moment the ministry is striving toward enacting the private school law and prior to the enactment of this law, the ministry will cooperate with Myanmar Investment Commissionin reviewing, suggesting and evaluating proposals made to the commission to conduct education services said the Union Minister.

Next, Dr. Daw Khin Sithu of Loikaw constituency asked if the Union Government has plan to train and appoint qualified librarians and library staff to establish quality libraries that will benefit the students and teachers. Union Minister for Education Dr. Myo Thein Gyi said that in academic year 2018-2019 there is a total of in 47,005 basic education primary, middle and high schools out of which 26,212 schools had libraries. In academic year 2019-2020, Basic Education Department had made arrangements to provide books shelves and cabinets as well as books to schools that didn’t have libraries. For schools that had libraries, a teacher is responsible for the library supported by a library team members consisting of teachers and group leaders of school councils. At the moment no specific position is assigned or appointment made as librarian in a school library. However, school library development works were conducted in cooperation with Myanmar Library Association, MBAPE, Daw Khin Kyi Foundation and Shanti Volunteer Association of Japan said the Union Minister. Department of Higher Education is conducting ordinary courses as well as master courses on library and research subject to develop library works. Diploma courses on library were also conducted while actual practical courses were conduted at the libraries said the Union Minister in his explanation to the question.

Similarly questions raised by U Sai Ngaung Hsai Hein of Maukmai constituency, U Bo Gyi of Chauk constituency and U Khin Maung Latt of Myanaung constituency were also answered by Union Minister for Education Dr. Myo Thein Gyi and Deputy Minister for Religious Affairs and Culture U Kyi Min.

Pyithu Hluttaw Public Affairs Management Committee Report read

Afterwards Pyithu Hluttaw Public Affairs Management Committee Report was read by committee member Dr. Aung Tun Khaing and Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker U T Khun Myat announced for Hluttaw representatives who want to discuss the report to register their names.

Hluttaw approves Pyithu Hluttaw Economic and Financial Development Committee Report

Later, Pyithu Hluttaw Economic and Financial Development Committee member U Ye Lwin tabled a motion for Hluttaw to approve the committee’s report and Hluttaw approves it.

Amendment bill of Myanmar Engineering Council Law submitted

As a final agenda of the day, Union Minister for Construction submitted an amendment bill of Myanmar Engineering Council Law.

Bill Committee member U Pa Htan read the committee’s findings on the bill and Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker announced for Hluttaw representatives who want to table amendment motions to register their names.

The eleventh-day meeting of the Second Pyithu Hluttaw’s tenth regular session will be held on 7 December it is learnt.

Reference: GNLM

December 6, 2018