Published on Sunday, 21 October 2012 13:00
Myintkyina University (Photo - EMG)
On-campus accommodation in Myitkyina University in Kachin state will reopen in 2013 although the students’ accommodation on campus has been banned in Myanmar since 1996.
According to the programme to accommodate the students again, two apartments named Karkabo will accept up to 120 male students and two apartments named Swunparabo will accept up to 128 female students from remote areas.
“Primarily it’s meant for the students from remote areas such as Putao and Tanaing areas. Currently there are not enough rooms for them, numbering more than 250, from those areas. So we’ll choose them by the marks they gain in their classes and by good discipline to live in the apartments. Right now we’re repairing the apartments,” said Daw Bouk Jar, the state minister for education.
The accommodation fees and meal charges for them are under discussion, she added.
Since it was banned, the apartments have been used as classrooms, teacher rooms and staff rooms. There are currently more than 5,500 campus students and 7,000 distance students studying in Myitkyina University. It cost a campus student almost 6 lakh (600,000) kyats for four months, including tuition fee, rent and meal. And a distance student has to spend 2.5 lakh (250,000) kyats a month for expenses.
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