Published on Sunday, 11 November 2012 07:28
The Deputy Minister of Education, Aye Kyu, stated on November 5 in the National Assembly that there are no plans to allow re-examination for students who failed their high school graduation.
He explained that rearranging exams for students who had the minimum credit overall but failed in a few subjects would be time-consuming and could delay the process of releasing the list of graduate students.
It could also delay the opening of schools. Therefore, the current credit system will be revised instead.
Currently the minimum credit needed to pass an exam is set at 40 per cent in basic education, 50 per cent in high school and 60 per cent in colleges and universities.
Parliamentarian J’rawu said: “I think the minimum credit should be lowered to 50 per cent in colleges and universities for a student’s major subject while the minor ones should be 40. The teaching system should also be changed. About six years ago, teachers left schools because giving private tuitions would have resulted in loss of job. If they are not paid well, teachers have to give private tuitions. If they can sustain with their salary, I believe they will do a better job in their school classes. Students who have failed in only one subject should also be given another chance.”
Khin Maung Yi, another parliamentarian, had a different opinion. “If the students know they will get another chance immediately, they will not work hard in the exam. So even if a chance is given, there must be some requirements like the failed subjects must be no more than two or they must have the minimum credit in some of the subjects. They say the number of students passing the graduation is very low. Formerly it was two or three per cent,” he said.
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