Sunday, August 20, 2017

No increase in allocation for monastic school teachers

The government will not be increasing its allocation for monastery teachers in the current 2017-18 fiscal year.

An official from the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture confirmed this with The Myanmar Times on Tuesday.

“There will be no increase. We requested but the Hluttaw is cutting spending.

“So we are not getting any increase in funds,” said U Aung San Win, who is director of the information and local/international relations department (religious affairs) under the ministry.

In the 2013-14 academic year, the ministry spent K3 billion on 6820 teachers. For the 2014-15 school year, K3.326 billion was spent on 7457 teachers.

For the last academic year, the ministry spent K3.475 billion on 7584 teachers. For the current school year, over K300 million for over 7700 teachers have been spent.

The ministry has been paying primary school teachers K36,000, middle school teachers K41,000 and high school teachers K45,000 a month since the 2013-14 school year.

“If they can increase the salaries for teachers, it would be nice.

“We cannot do anything if they don’t,” Suu Htoo Pan Thiri Mingalar Kantaw monastic school principal Sayadaw U Nay Dar Wi said.

There are 1568 monastic education schools with 7700 teachers nationwide. They provide access to education for over 300,000 orphans and children from poor families.

During a Pyithu Hluttaw meeting on May 18 last year, Minister for Religious Affairs and Culture Thura U Aung Ko said he would ask the government to double the budget for allocations to pay monastic school teachers in the 2017-18 fiscal year.