The 10th ASEAN Education Ministers Meeting (10th ASED) and its associated meetings were held yesterday morning at the Kempinski Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw. At the meeting, Union Minister for Education Dr. Myo Thein Gyi said, “The discussion will focus on quality education and producing qualified students who can meet the labour market demand and to enable them to become qualified and lifelong students of ASEAN countries through quality education and training.”
“This point aims at improving vocational development, lifelong learning and empowerment skills by striving together with all the stakeholders in the ASEAN community. \We takes great pride in being a member of ASEAN countries to implement the action agenda for the SEAMEO 7Priority areas, 8 objectives of the ASEAN Work Plan on Education 2016-2020 and 70 processes and 19 priority fields as well. Myanmar is making an effort to reach the goal of democracy through the proper channel and education plays a pivotal role in shaping the path of democracy.”
“I would like to present the measures of Myanmar’s education reforms briefly. In order to implement a quality education system, the Ministry of Education launched National Education 10th ASEAN Education Ministers Meeting (10th ASED), associated meetings convene in Nay Pyi Taw Strategic Plan (NESP) for the period 2016-2021, with the cooperation of relevant organizations,” said the Union Minister.
“The Ministry of Education of Myanmar set up policies that all school-age children have the right to receive education, with a policy of no discrimination at all education level and at all school attending ages, no one is to be left out and there shall be no dropouts from schools.”
“Moreover the ministry has carried out free education system for primary and middle schools, and efforts have been made to enhance the literacy programme of 3Rs (Reading, Writing and Arithmetic) so that the students can continue pursuing their middle school education. As a result, the enrollment of kindergarten classes has amounted to 98.1 per cent in the 2017-2018 academic years.” “As part of educational transformation, the Ministry of Education has implemented a new KG+12 System starting from academic year 2016-2017.”
“From academic year 2016- 2017, a new curriculum for primary education is being drawn up, with the assistance of JICA, a new curriculum for middle education is being drawn up, with the sponsorship of AGD Bank and EU. These new curriculums put emphasis on critical thinking skills and deep learning rather than rote learning for the 21st century students.”
“As for the Ministry of Education, plans are underway to open another new department where the students can pursue lifelong learning and informal education. The Ministry is also striving to attain sustainable economic development and to improve technology and vocational training with the cooperation of GIZ, Swiss Contact and other partnerships.”
“Singapore – Myanmar Vocational Training Institute (SMVTI) is a joint governments’ project between Singapore and Myanmar, and arrangement is being made to open the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) where students can study technology and vocational training courses.”
“The Ministry of Education has acknowledged the important role of teachers and has tried to promote teaching quality by increasing teacher qualifications.
Therefore plans are under way to upgrade the current two-year educational colleges to a four-year full degree programme. With the aim of empowering English language proficiency and ICT skills, the ministry has strived to improve research and innovation.”
“Moreover the Ministry has carried out to improve the quality of Distance Learning Education and management, with the cooperation of British Council, DFID and SPHEIR. The Ministry has signed MoU with other international universities for exchange of teachers and students among the ASEAN member countries.”
Myanmar acted as chair and the Philippines as co-chair at the 10th ASEAN Education Ministers Meeting (10th ASED). Following the meeting, all attendees were given a grand gala dinner at the Kempinski Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw. —MNA