U Khin Maung Htway, Assistant Director of the Myanmar Education Research Bureau (MERB) told Mizzima that they can provide informal education to only one fourth of the total number of townships in Myanmar.
There are 330 townships throughout the country but students in only 80 townships who have not receive primary education can get access to informal primary level education.
U Khin Maung Htway explained that informal education is meant for students who had to drop out from school and could not complete primary level studies.
Daw Thu Thu Mar, from the National Network for Educational Reforms said, “In our country, there are many people who could not go to school for various reasons. We need to put in more effort to educate the huge number of students and we also need much more facilities to cater to them.”
U Aung Kyaw Tint, Coordinator of the Border Areas Development Association (BADA) said, “What we have is still so insufficient. We need more funding to keep our project going.” The BADA provides informal education in border areas funded by the UNICEF.
At the 'International Education Week' held in Naypyitaw on September 8, the government announced that kindergarten registration rate went up to 98.55% in the current academic session.
A Principal from Kan Gee Htount Township, Ayeyarwaddy Division said that parents register their children to attend school at the beginning of the academic year, but they make them drop out eventually.
“They come to register at the beginning of the school year but later they withdraw their children from school stating reasons such as, they do not have anyone at home to run errands or that they need financial contribution from the child for the family.”, the Principal said.