Rote learning, a mainstay of the country’s education system, may be on the way out, National League for Democracy officials suggest. The party, which is about to take office next month, has declared education to be one of its priorities.
NLD Education Committee chair Daw Su Su Lwin told The Myanmar Times, “We can’t make changes to all sectors at the same time but we will set universal education as a first priority over the coming five years.
“The education sector will improve if we can create more opportunities through technology and vocational education. We will need to go step by step,” she added.
“As Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has said, reforms must start from the primary level. Our current system is based on parrot learning, so both students and teachers will need to change together,” she said.
The new government will enhance teachers’ skills at all levels, from primary to university, said Daw Su Su Lwin, who is also the wife of newly anointed president U Htin Kyaw.
“We are now trying to enact education laws relating to all education levels ranging from primary education, through to technology and vocational or higher education. We need these laws to offer more opportunities for students and to promote teachers’ qualifications and skills,” she said.
The budget for these reforms has not yet been established. “We will manage the budget allocation as well as international contributions for the most effective use,” she said.
The NLD education network has established more than 200 free schools across the country, serving nearly 20,000 students.
Translation by Zar Zar Soe