05 Dec Action to be taken on sub-standard school construction, says Yangon Minister

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Construction companies delivering sub-standard work on schools and other education sector buildings will be punished and blacklisted from future work, said Dr Myint Thein, Minister for Social Affairs for the Yangon Region on December 4.

The Minister was in the Yangon Region Hluttaw, responding a question from U Thaung Kyaw MP (Yangon Region Hluttaw, Union Solidarity and Development Party, Yankin Township), who expressed concern about the quality of education sector buildings.

“The companies will be blacklisted and they will not be granted other construction projects in the future,” said Dr Myint Thein.

However, the minister did not specify how he planned for erring construction companies to be punished; bar adding them to the blacklist.

During the debate, U Tun Hla Shwe MP (Yangon Region Hluttaw, Kyauktan Township), said some schools in his township have fallen short of acceptable standards.

“[We] need to build schools which have reasonable [construction] standards in order that poor children living in the rural areas will be able to study in all weathers,” he said.

The Yangon Region Assembly debate followed criticism voiced in September by Speaker of the national Amyotha Hluttaw, U Khin Aung Myint that public funds are being wasted and school buildings are falling short of acceptable construction standards.