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Private education expands in Bago Region

Myitmakha News Agency

Bago, June 20 – the total number of private schools in Bago Region has increased to 42 as another 17 private school opened this year, according to Bago Region Office of Education.

“There were 25 private schools [in the region] last year. We have to inspect whether private schools follow a private school law or not,” said Daw Myint Myint Than, deputy director of the aforementioned office.

The total number private schools in the region is made up of 13 high schools, 27 private schools for grades 10 to 11, one middle and one primary school.

Daw Myint Myint Than, explained the government permits the running of three types of schools: government schools, private schools and monastic education schools. Private schools must have equal ratio of students and teachers and must provide a comprehensive education system, while private schools must pay the penalty of being closed down if they are found not to be following these laws, she said.

“I like the fact a private school has opened up this year in our ward. There is an appropriate student-teacher ratio in the classroom. As the education sector is highly competitive nowadays, I think it will improve the quality of teachers and students,” said U Myo Thet, a father of student from Mazin ward, Bago.

The students from private school reportedly need to take district level government exams at grade 5; regional level exams at grade 7; township level exams at grade 10; and national level exams at grade 11.

“We’ll work in accordance to the set disciplines of the Ministry of Education. We’ve divided two periods for high school level and primary school level. Children [at my school] are given a comprehensive education,” said Daw Aye Aye, head mistress of Pwint Yadanar Private High School from Bago Region.

Tuition fees for high school costs K75,000 per month; K60,000 for middle school level; and K50,000 for primary school and kindergarten, according to the parents of students attending such schools.

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