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Back to school: Over 1,500 schools reopen across Ayeyarwady Region

Myitmakha News Agency

Pathein, August 24 – a total of 1,517 schools within Ayeyarwady Region, from 1,755 which were forced to close their doors after the region was stuck by extensive flooding, have reportedly reopened in the wake of subsiding floodwaters, according to the Office of the Head of Education for Ayeyarwady Region.

“In order to mitigate children falling behind with their studies, they will be taught in their spare time. Schools in other districts have all since be reopened,” said Daw Hnin Nu Win, a teacher from the aforementioned office.

Schools in Ayeyarwady Region’s Hinthada Township were first to close on August 2, while 238 schools are yet to reopen their doors, according to records of the office of the head of education for the region.

On top of the closures, floodwaters also completely destroyed a total of 11 schools across the region.

“It’s good that schools are closed at times of flooding; we’d be fearful over the safety of the children if they weren’t. Now, with the reopening of the schools, children will be taught in time outside of schools hours so they can catch up,” said Daw Hpu Noung, a teacher from Kyangin Township.

Ayeyarwady Region boasts a majority of primary schools, totaling over 4,600, while the number of high-schools numbers just 218. Over 700,000 children within the region are currently getting a state education.

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