|Union Minister for Education H.E Dr. Daw Khin San Yee giving opening speech at the Quick Wins activities for Programmatic Education Reform and Required Budget Plan held at the University Diamond Jubilee Hall on 29 September 2014||H.E Dr. Daw Khin San Yee, Union Minister for Education, at the meeting||H.E Dr. Aung Kyaw Myat, Deputy Minister of Ministry of Science and Technology discussing at the meeting|
On Monday 29th September, the Myanmar Government announced 12 major new initiatives in Education Reform, which it will implement during 2015-16.
Speaking at Diamond Jubilee Hall in Yangon to Development Partners, Government representatives and other key stakeholders, Union Minster for Education Dr Daw Khin San Yee provided the Opening Speech at the meeting.
The 12 new initiatives were then announced. These initiatives, or ‘Quick Wins’ will address one of more of the Government’s and MoE’s reform objectives:
- - Expand access;
- - Improve quality;
- - Address equity;
- - Strengthen the national education system (NES).
The 12 initiatives will increase the Myanmar Education budget by approximately 10%.
The initiatives are as follows:
- Strengthening 3,000 primary school-based ECCD Centres, prioritizing remote and border areas
- Primary Education sub-sector: fully establishing 44,401 kindergartens in all primary schools
- Secondary Education sub-sector: National School Mapping Study and construction of 2,000 new classrooms in schools in remote and border areas
- Secondary Education sub-sector: Strengthening libraries in 2,795 High Schools and establishing e-libraries in 300 High Schools (pilot)
- Primary and Secondary Education sub-sectors: Establishment of a new, rationalized basic education curriculum and student assessment system
- Primary and Secondary Education sub-sectors: National Study on Impediments for Effective Teaching and launch of National In-service Teacher Training Program
- Primary and Secondary Education sub-sectors: Quality framework-based school inspection system and linked planning system reaching 5,000 schools by June 1 2016, plus training for 5,000 Head teachers, BoT, and PTA members
- TVET sub-sector: Provision of TVET competency-based modular short courses for 5,000 out-of-school, disadvantaged youth and young adults
- TVET sub-sector: Establishment of a TVET Council
- Launch of a new University entrance policy and system design
- Education Management Training Centre offering a diploma in education management for managers and launch of a Capacity Building Program to support the Ministry of Education restructure
- Communication campaign and launch of an Education TV Channel to support communication with stakeholders
These initiatives will be introduced over the next two years. At the same time the Government has passed a National Education Law, sub-sector laws are being developed, and budgets and policies for the overall Education Reform Program will be presented to Government by the end of 2014. CESR and EPIC are working on these issues together with the Ministry of Education.
More Education Reform initiatives will be reported as they are announced.