Students' Situation under the Military Dictatorship
In the hand of the current junta, the situation of the students and
schools are becoming worse. We, the Foreign Affairs' Committee (Bakatha)
would like to express the current situation of the Basic Education High
School (BEHS) No.1, Mingalartaungnyunt township, Rangoon as an example.
The classrooms of BEHS No .1, Mingalertaugnyunt Township, Rangoon are being
prepared, because Lt. Gen. Khin Nyunt will arrive at the school and open
the multimedia classroom. For that reason, the students are attending only
one day a week. Most of the students are not caring to learn in the
classroom and are relying on tuition. Moreover, they are relying on
answering " the spot question " during examinations. One student has to
spend at least 3000 kyat a month for tuition.
During recent school terms, the former head master of the school, U Tun Kyi
abused the school funds. As a result, he was dismissed form his post and
some teachers were transferred. A car repair workshop has been allowed to
open for the school fund in the grounds of the school and the noise of the
workshop makes the students annoyed when they attend the school. Although
the teachers established some canteens for the students' welfare, the
prices at the canteen are higher than other restaurants selling outside of
the school. Each student has to donate at least 3000 Kyat in order to
establish a multimedia classroom in the school.
Character of the Students
A student attending the sixth standard in this school was dismissed because
of selling ganja and a student attending the eighth standard in the same
school, was also dismissed for holding a knife. After his dismissal, the
eighth standard student threatened other students with the knife and robbed
them of their money. Therefore, the head master of the school and some
students arrested and sent him to a police station.
According to a group of (Basic Education Student Union) BESU based inside
Burma, the students are going to be examined for the first test and the
students and their parents are very worried about the education system.
Foreign Affairs' Committee
All Burma Federation of Student Unions.
9, October 2000.