The recently-enacted National Education Law has proved controversial. Student objections have resulted in numerous public in demonstrations and many within the educational profession have raised concerns over certain sections of the law.
“It is necessary to demand amendments to important sections of the law but there is no need to amend too many points,” said Dr Tin Hlaing, who has served as a member of the Education Advisory Committee of the National League for Democracy and the Parliamentary Committee for Upgrading Yangon University.
His comments followed a paper-reading session on educational reform and the National Education Law organised by the Democracy Education Movement steering committee at the Funeral Service Association hall in Yangon.
Making changes needs to be carried out in an orderly manner. U Thein, adviser to the Ministry of Education told the meeting, “There is a need to systematically compile a list of proposed amendments to the law.”
He noted the weak points include the definition and responsibilities of the State, parent, teacher and associations. There should be a provision that there should be no discrimination in terms of race, gender, religion and background.
Dr Tin Hlaing said the law needs to allow the formation of unions and the practice of decentralised systems, promote the good morality of education staff, and cover the compilation of school textbooks.
A statement released by United Nationalities Alliance at the meeting stressed that education is an important investment in the development of a country and that having the right education policy is key. In addition, when adopting the correct education policy, the authorities should seek input from youth and students.