A statement released by the Abbey DLD Group of Colleges notes that an increasing number of students from Myanmar are considering attending school in the UK.
The group, which focuses on preparing international students for enrollment in universities across the UK, suggests that this increase is due to a rise in the number of Myanmar students looking for high quality, competitive degree programs in Medicine, Engineering, Law, Economics, and Finance.
Just this year, 29 students from Myanmar were accepted to and enrolled in three of Abbey DLD’s UK-based universities. Data shows that each of these students scored highly in their A-levels, achieving 86% A-C grades. In all, 52% of international Abbey DLD students earned an A in their A levels, with 91% achieving A-C grades in 2016.
“Going to pre-university schools in the UK such as Abbey DLD allows students from Myanmar to ‘acclimatise’ themselves with a new country and achieve the grades they need to outdo other international students competing for places at the most prestigious and sought-after UK universities.”
Meanwhile, conflict continues as Buddhist teachers within the country of Myanmar were airlifted and trucked out of the country in an effort to save them from the violence erupting there between Buddhists and Rohingya. The teachers fled out of fear of becoming a target for their students after reports of Rohingya students killing their Buddhist teachers first arose in 2012. As a result, the Myanmar school system is suffering another blow.
“We are scared because there are many Muslim villages around us. We don’t dare to go out,” said Aye Aye Oo, 28, a Buddhist middle school teacher among evacuees huddled inside a monastery in Maungdaw town.
“Many people have already left the town. I still don’t know what to do, I only know I’m frightened,” she said tearfully.
Ever since raids on border guard posts began on October 9, more than 400 schools have been shut down as a result. The government places the blame for this on Islamist insurgents.
Parents on both sides of the issue share concerns that such a hit to the education system could result in the suffering of their children’s education, writes Nandini Krishnamoorthy for International Business Times.
“More than half the people from the town left already. Schools are closed,” said Mra Khaing, a 51-year-old Maungdaw housewife who fled her home to take refuge in the monastery.
“We have no place to go as this is my hometown. We have no relatives and no money to move out. We are waiting here to die,” she said.
In Maungdaw, over 1,300 teachers have been evacuated since just last Friday. District administrator Ye Htut said he was unsure when they would be able to return, adding that it may be impossible to reopen all of the schools in the area. Htut went on to say that the examinations scheduled to occur in the next few weeks could suffer as a result. Because of this, it is his goal to reopen the schools as soon as possible and hire security staff members for the educational staff.
As a result of the 2012 killings, more than 100 people lost their lives, while tens of thousands of Rohingya were sent to displacement camps. Estimates suggest around 60,000 children within the camps did not have access to any sort of formal teaching. If a student does not attend school, they may not go on to the university level.
Rohingya are typically considered to be illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and are not offered citizenship.
Although this alone does not stop Rohingya from becoming teachers, few are able to obtain the qualifications needed, with even fewer being appointed to state schools. As a result, Muslim areas are routinely understaffed.
For example, the Maungdaw area has schools located in less than half of villages. A study performed last year by Reach found that primary school teachers in the area have, on average, 123 students.