Amyotha Hluttaw considers replacing old school buildings

THE seventh-day meeting of the Second Amyotha Hluttaw’s 15th regular session convened yesterday and Deputy Education Minister U Win Maw Tun replied to starred questions from 6 MPs.

Firstly, MP U Hla Myint (a) U Hla Myint Than of Mon State constituency 11 asked whether the dilapidated building of Kyaikpi Village’s Basic Education Middle School, Kyaikto Township, will be replaced with a new two-storey one. The Deputy Minister replied that they have submitted a budget proposal for the new building under the 2020-2021 financial year’s capital construction fund, and will construct the new building when it is approved.

Next, MP U Whaei Tinn of Chin State constituency 11 asked whether a new school building will be constructed for the branch high school in Meelatwa Village, Paletwa Township.

The Deputy Minister replied that they have included the budget proposal for the new building in the 2020-2021 financial year’s capital construction fund and will follow due process when it is approved.

Next, MP U Sai San Aung of Shan State constituency 12 asked whether there were plans to promote the basic education middle school in Shwewah Village to a branch high school, and the basic education primary school in Mangpan Village to a post-primary school. Both villages are located in Hopan Township, Wa Self-administered Division.

U Win Maw Tun replied that both schools will be evaluated according to existing policies and will be promoted accordingly.

Next, MP U Bwe Khane of Chin State constituency 3 asked whether an old hostel building of Dan Village basic education middle school in Htantlang Township will be rebuilt in 2020-2021 financial year.

The Deputy Minister replied that they have submitted a budget proposal for the new building and will follow due process when it is approved.

Next, MP U Hla Oo of Sagaing Region constituency 4 asked whether there were plans to promote the Basic Education Middle School in Thonepanhla Village, ChaungU Township, to a branch high school.

The Deputy Minister replied that as the school has maintained its current position for only 3 years and is just over 2 miles away from the Taw Kyaung Gyi high school, there are no plans to promote it during 020-2021 financial year but it will be considered the financial years to come.

Following this, MP U Kyaw Thaung of Sagaing Region constituency 1 asked whether there were plans to open a Higher Grade Pleader (HGP) course for students who have passed the matriculation exam.

Deputy Minister U Win Maw Tun first replied that the HGP exam was organized by the Union Civil Service Board and not the Ministry of Education. He said this exam was not classified as a course nor did it had any. He said the subjects to be tested are announced and the exam is held by itself in parts.

He said there are Bachelor of Laws (LLB) courses for matriculation students at universities and colleges under the Department of Higher Education and students who have completed that course may apply for an HGP position after finishing a year of chamber practice.

Next, the Health Affairs Council Bill was debated by MP U San Myint of Ayeyawady Region constituency 3, MP U Soe Thein (a) U Maung Soe of Taninthayi Region constituency 10, and Tatmadaw Hluttaw representative Captain Daw Than Than Win.

Afterwards, announced that the 12 affairs committees of the Amyotha Hluttaw have reached the end of their one-year term and are renewed for another term under the Section 107 of the 2015 Amyotha Hluttaw Bylaw.

The eighth-day meeting of the Second Amyotha Hluttaw’s 15th regular session will be held on 18 February.

Aung Ye Thwin

(Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)

PHOTO: SOE WIN TUN
Ref; The Global New Light of Myanmar