Friday, August 18, 2017

Free private high school for under-privileged

A free private high school will be opened in Taunggok township, Rakhine State during this academic year to cater to students who are poor and cannot afford the fees.

Sayadaw Eindapala, who heads the school establishment, said, “We cannot pay much to the teachers as we will have to work together with local donors.

Current teachers at the school are unable to carry on teaching and that’s why we have requested some retired teachers to help.”

The Sayadaw said that 90 percent of the school construction has been completed, but it will be able to accept students for only the ninth standard this year. Only 80 students will be admitted, 40 boys and 40 girls. They must be poor but outstanding to gain admittance.

The school which is named Mahaw Thadar, is the first-ever private school in Rakhine State which offers free education.

“Student application forms will be accepted until May 15 and the school syllabus will match government schools,” said U Khin Maung, one of the member of the free high school initiative.

The school is headed by the Sayadaw, and built with over K800 million donated by the Nay La Thitsa Company, some local business owners, and other donors.

The accommodation and meal expenditure of students will also be taken care of by the school, said the Sayadaw.
 The Sayadaw is a Ma Ba Tha (a Myanmar acronym for the Committee for the Protection of Nationality and Religion) central committee member.

But he said that he has not taken any assistance from Ma Ba Tha for the construction of the school and that the donations were made only by the people living in the township.

Translation by Win Thaw Tar and Kyaw Soe Htet