President U Win Myint and State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday attended an award-giving ceremony for schools with the best pass rate and for students who performed well in the 2019 matriculation exam.
To recognize the efforts of schools and students in national education development, the ceremony was held at the Myanmar International Convention Center II in Nay Pyi Taw.
The ceremony was also attended by Union Ministers LtGen Ye Aung, Dr Pe Myint, UMin Thu, Thura U Aung Ko, U Thant Sin Maung, Dr Myo Thein Gyi, Dr Myint Htwe, Chairman of Union Civil Service Board U Win Thein, Nay Pyi Taw Concil Chairman Dr Myo Aung; Deputy Ministers U Thar Oo, and U Win Maw Tun, Nay Pyi Taw Council Member U Tin Tun, Pyithu Hluttaw Education Promotion Committee Chairman Dr Tin Aung, Amyotha Hluttaw Education Promotion Committee Chairman Daw Naw Mya Say, Permanent Secretaries, Directors-General, Rectors, Deputy Directors-General, Deputy Rectors, Education Officers at the level of Regions/States, districts and townships, heads of best passing-rate schools, outstanding students and their parents.
The ceremony was opened with the song ‘Myanmar School’ by the students from Practicing School of Yangon University of Education.
In delivering her speech, the State Counsellor said she was pleased to meet with those who recognize the education as a power of critical thinking in overcoming various challenges and flaws in physical and mental conditions. The State honour to the outstanding students in matriculation exam is intended to this power of students.
She also said that the government has believed the strength of people in developing the country into a peaceful and prosperous state. The government has put emphasis on the education as it is the best guarantee for the future of country. Rather than focusing on the top pass rate and high scores, the government intends to develop capacities that are required for implementing the long-term goals of the country. At this juncture, the possible question would be the reason for giving awards to the outstanding students.
The State Counsellor remarked the pass rates and the scores are the visible measurements in making judgment on the development of education.
The ceremony was intended to congratulate the endeavours of respective schools and students. The increasing capacity of schools and students reflect the country’s development and an indicator of education.
The data and figures on matriculation exams can be used in analyzing the education status of the country such as the interested subjects of students, the differences of pass rate and distinctions between male and female students and the schools which generated the most outstanding students.
She also reiterated that female students are more brilliant than their male counterparts at schools in recent years. It is quite critical condition for the country. It is expected equal development of male and female in Myanmar society. And that surveys are being conducted who, male or female, are more excellent and more interested in education.
The matriculation exam is largely related with social, economic and political situations of the country. The reason for schooling of children beginning at the age of 5 is for self-reliance or for livelihood when they become adults. Formal education from schools should meet the needs in social and economicsituations. The National Education Strategic Plan was adopted to cover these objectives. Matriculation exam results are included in reviewing the implementation of this plan.
The State Counsellor added she noticed some significant points in studying matriculation exam results, such as lower pass rate despite an increasing number of students in the exam, the gaps in pass rate between the States and the Regions, getting high scores in science and mathematics subjects, more outstanding rates of male students in comparing with those of previous years and majority of excellent students from private schools.
She also recognized some satisfactory outcomes despite the remaining flaws.
She said that it is delighted to honour outstanding students of any schools, but it is expected to see the state-owned schools generate more brilliant students. It does not mean to favour the private-owned schools as she even attended such schools and valued these schools. However, the state-owned schools are attended by majority of students, and that these schools need to generate excellent students in promoting the future of the country in terms of social and political aspects. Access of common people to the best education is encouraging the development and stability of the State. Whether good or bad financial background of the parents, the promising students should get real opportunity as they are genuine resources for the development of the country.
The State Counsellor also concluded the government alone is not capable to generate excellent students, and the contributions of teachers, parents and people enthusiastic for promoting education are required.
The participation of teachers with good volition is very fundamental to upgrade capacity of schools amidst some restraints of a newly developing country. Even some school children from remote areas could enjoy success in education thanks to creations and endeavors of students.
She added that the government is trying to eliminate private tuitions which impose burdens on the parents. It is regrettable for the country that some teachers oppose to this plan. And that, all the teachers are requested to deliver best services for development of education, and the parents are also to contribute in the tasks of teachers.
The State Counsellor continued that a good school should be a place to motivate the students to pursue education, in addition to generating excellent students. Motivation is as important as teaching at the schools, and that team works are encouraged at the schools. Such practice gives lessons to have sympathy and good volition to the others, to calmly accept the loss when facing defeats, to enjoy success in peaceful manner and to have a positive attitude in sharing possessions with others. It is important to provide these lessons.
She also said her expectation on the young students to become good citizens, as well as valuable persons for the world. In this regard, all the teachers and parents are requested to take part in setting up good schools. She repeated that the teachers need to teach in good intention for the country, for the students and for all the citizens to ensure development of the country and prosperity of the world.
In conclusion, she gave a message to both outstanding students and other common students that the core value of excellence is a strength to promote the welfare of others. It should be utilized properly in both self-interest and benefits of others.
She finally encouraged that everybody has a potential to become excellent people nationally and globally by developing themselves.
Union Minister for Education Dr Myo Thein Gyi explained the education statistics and preparation for award-giving to the whole country’s outstanding students who passed the matriculation exam for 2018-2019 academic year.
Then, President U Win Myint presented the first prize for best passing rate to the Practicing School of Yangon University of Education (Kamayut), and the second prize to the No 2 Basic Education High School (Sangyaung).
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi presented the prizes for highest score in science subjects to Maung Kyaw Linn Than from No.4 Basic Education High School (Ahlon), for the highest score in science-art subjects to Maung Myo Min Aung from the Basic Education High School (Hopin) in Mohnyin Township of Kachin State, and for the highest scores in arts subjects to Ma Thazin Win from Basic Education High School (Taukteyoe) in Kyonpyaw Township of Ayayawady Region.
Then, the President, the State Counsellor, the Union Ministers, the Chairman of Union Civil Service Board, Chairman of Nay Pyi Taw Council, the Deputy Ministers, Nay Pyi Taw Council member, the Chairmen of Education Promotion Committees from Pyithu Hluttaw and Amyotha Hluttaw, the outstanding students, and the heads of schools with best passing rate posed for documentary photo.
In the second session of the event, the Union Ministers, the Deputy Ministers, the member of Nay Pyi Taw Council, the Chairmen of Education Promotion Committees from Pyithu Hluttaw and Amyotha Hluttaw presented awards to the outstanding students.
At the ceremony, the prizes were given to the 61 bests schools and 142 outstanding students at the Union-level.