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by Nishigaki Mitsuru
Tuition classes are very popular in Yangon. They can be divided into two categories. The most important one is the tuition class for matriculation examination. Parents usually send their children to tuition classes starting from pre-school with a purpose to be admitted at famous universities and high schools. It is said that there are about 200 tuition classes for matriculation classes.
Now the most difficult universities to join are Yangon Institute of Medicine, University of Computer Science and Yangon Technology University.
1.Tuition classes for matriculation examination
2.Tuition classes for foreign languages
3.Tuition classes for vocation
I would like to report in detail on tuitions for matriculation examination that are more common.
1. Live-in private schools
2. Tuition classes where a lot students attend lectures
3.Group teaching at houses
4.Private subject guides
In tuition classes, on the days the schools open they attend tuition classes after going to school. They have to study the whole day on Saturdays. The daily routine is the same for those who call in the teachers.
Many tuition classes mushroomed in Yangon recently for the students' convenience. And there will be battles among the tuition classes.
In private live-in schools, all rooms are air-conditioned and have computer facility. A bed for each student. There are separate girls' hostels. Services of washing and ironing the clothes are included. After placing weekly tests, the school sends report cards of students' performance to the parents every week. Surveys are made by cooperation between students and teachers.
Some private live-in schools award a brand new Suzuki saloon to the student who stands first in matriculation examination. The first is about K 4.5 million. The second prize is K 1 million. The third K 500,000.
In tuition classes, the names of famous lecturers of corresponding subjects are written in bold letters on a large poster. They only aim at getting more students. The names of famous lecturers seem to attract the students much. The salary of a famous lecturer is about K 300,000 to K 500,000 per month.
I had a talk with U Maung Maung whose daughter is preparing for matriculation examination. He said " You can't take it for granted that you will get a good job after your graduation from a famous university in a popular subject. But they stand a good chance of it, I think. University education is not enough to get a good job. After graduation from high schools they have to attend many classes such as accounting, computer, English language proficiency and etc for these classes are very useful for job hunting. I want my daughter to have a wide range of knowledge. I make her attend several tuition classes for I think these knowledge will help her get a good job."
The parents who think like U Maung Maung are a lot. I think tuitions will overwhelm the education system of Myanmar in the near future.
© Nishigaki Mitsuru