Hopeful signs for education reform

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NO number of school buildings can guarantee a quality education. Analysts have attributed the root cause of Myanmar’s deteriorating education system to a serious shortage of competent and qualified teachers, not to a lack of learning institutions, pointing out the low academic achievements of students, including graduates.
As part of the Myanmar government’s education reform programme, formal schooling has been made compulsory to students from kindergarten to eleventh grade. The Ministry of Education announced on its website that K-12 education will be introduced as of the 2016-2017 academic year, with a shift of emphasis from rote learning to cognitive development in line with international standards set for early childhood development.
The newly-designed syllabus for kindergarten has attracted both constructive and destructive criticism from educational, civil and political groups, especially in big cities, prompting the Department of Educational Research to give a press briefing on the new syllabus in Nay Pyi Taw on 8 January. Officials spoke in favour of the new syllabus, expressing their belief that the course was designed to enable children to develop social skills, curiosity, cognition and scientific and environmental discovery.
In addition, the matriculation examination this year will come with slight modifications, including a greater focus on thought-provoking questions based on the textbooks.
In the new education system, there have been both encouraging signs and serious challenges. However, the on-going reforms in the education sector should not lose momentum. Despite the standard of our education not being high, there are hopeful signs that our education is not yet beyond repair.

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