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Kyarinnseikgyi Teacher Opposed to Coup, Sentenced to 17 Years-in Jail with Hard Labor

Maung Hein Htet Aung, a primary school teacher, who taught at Khok Khwar Village’s Primary School in Kyarinnseikgyi Township, Karen State was sentenced for his involvement with the anti-coup movement. The authorities filed a lawsuit against Maung Hein Htet Aung on three charges and he was sentenced on 9 March 2022 at Hpa-an District Court. Friends of Maung Hein Htet…

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Karen State Students Registrations for Matriculation Exams Reduced by Two-Thirds

Karen State official figures show 5,903 students from seven townships have registered for this year’s matriculation exams. A source close to the Myawaddy Township Education office explained to Karen News. “Before the Covid-19 period, there were 1,894 10th grade students in Myawaddy in the 2019-2020 academic year. There were more than 400 outside school candidates. This academic year, there were…

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Burma Army Attacks: Displaces 20,000 Villagers and Closes Schools in Kawkariek Township

As many as 20,000 villagers from 27 villages have been displaced in recent Burma Army offensives in Kawkareik Township. Local schools under the administration of the Kawthoolei Education and Culture Department (KECD) have been forced to close and students pushed to take exams early. Saw Gay Doh, the principal of the Pu Yay high school that had to close because…

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Forced Government School Closures Place Increases Student Numbers Enrolling at Htee Ther Leh High School School – Shortage of Dorm Beds, Food and Text Books

By Naw Eh Eh/Karen News Teachers at Htee Ther Leh High School in Maw Kee Village Tract of Kawkareik Township, Doo Pla Ya District in Karen State told Karen News these new challenges have placed enormous strain on school resources needed for the academic year 2021-2022. Htee Ther Leh School is located in the Eastern Dawna Range area and operates…

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Karen Ethnic Affair Minister in Mon State Pushes for Karen Identity in Names

The Mon State’s Karen Ethnic Affair Minister notification letter was sent following a directive by the Ministry of Education on 1st April, 2020 to all Basic Education Department of States and Regions to register names of students according to their ethnicity. Saw Aung Myint Khaing, the Karen Ethnic Affair Minister for Mon State said past problems using ethnic names resulted…

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TMKS – the Migrant School That Can’t Say No – Students Do Well, Despite Over Crowding

Thoo Mwe Khee School, a popular migrant school on the Thai-Burma border, is having difficulties coping with almost 1,000 student’s packed classrooms and an overcrowded boarding house. Thoo Mwe Khee School, in Phop Phra district in Tak province is officially known as Thoo Mwe Khee migrant learning center, students refer to it as TMKS. The school started with four teachers…

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Martin’s 70th Birthday Gift Teaches Karen Students Valuable Lessons

Children from 21 villages in Karen State will reap the benefits from an Australia family’s wish to make their father’s 70th birthday extra special. David Ziegler from Sydney, Australia wanted to make Martin, his father’s 70th birthday memorable. David contacted Kanchana Thornton, the director of the Burma Children Medical Fund to see if there was a project he could support…

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Karen Community in Minnesota to Call for Equal Education Rights

Karen community living in Minnesota, U.S. will call for equal rights to education like other races at the Minnesota Capitol on June 15. Speaking to the Karen News on June 14, the Karen Community of Minnesota (KCM) leader Morrison Johnny said the KCM will lead the Karen Advocacy Day and demand to meet with state government officials. “We will collect…

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Funding Cuts Force Refugee Camp Education Programs to Close – Others Struggle to Survive

Karen education officials warn cuts to refugee camp programs are forcing schools to close. Higher education schools in refugee camps along the Thai-Burma border are running out of funding, are struggling to keep open and face pressure to relocate back to Burma. Officials from the Karen Refugee Committee Education Entity- KRCEE told Karen News that some Kaw Thoo Lei Higher…

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Karen State Needs to Recruit over 1,000 Teachers after Upgrading Schools

Over 1,000 teachers need to be recruited after the Ministry of Education upgraded 261 government schools in the Karen State within this month, according to the state education officer U Soe Myint. Nine high schools, ten high school branches, 53 middle schools, 21 middle school branches, 31 post-primary schools, 99 primary schools, and 38 primary school branches have been upgraded…

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