Myanmar regime persuading teachers to comeback

By Usman Khan

Sensing short of skilled teachers and with schools set to open next month in Myanmar, the military regime announced to finish the strike and issued arrest warrants for striking teachers. As the Myanmar regime has been desperately wooing coax demonstrators to return to work. The regime struggles to open schools and has used the harsh words against the UN criticism.

According to the Education Ministry of the civilian National Unity Government (NUG), nearly 80 percent of Myanmar’s 400,000 teachers joined the Civil Disobedience Movement in opposition to the military coup last year.

Last year, the army chief reopened schools after more than a year of closure due to the COVID-19 outbreak, his regime trained new recruits to fill the vacancies left by striking teachers.

The junta chief now inviting striking teachers to come back, it is obvious that his replacement scheme has failed. When classes reopened last year, the majority of parents refused to send their children to school, in a show of opposition to the military regime.

At the same time, the NUG is providing teacher training skilled by striking professors and teachers. The NUG has opened schools in some places under its mechanism and is offering online classes in others. In response to the junta’s invitation, striking education staff have called for a constant boycott of education under military rule Junta chief’s adviser slams UN

According to the junta education adviser which says, that there are many ongoing human rights violations and dictatorships in various countries and the UN is only putting Myanmar under the spotlight the. She accused that the UN has failed to learn the lessons from the history that prohibitions can only diminish the Myanmar people and will not help to bring down the military government.

She goes on to argue that there will be more losses than gains for the UN if it does not recognize the current military government. She warned that Foreign and local staff of UN agencies in Myanmar will suffer if the agreements between the UN and Myanmar expire and the current government does not want to extend them. As the “UN assistance is not inimitable.

The 70-year-old junta education adviser which is the daughter-in-law of late military dictator U Ne Win and was an education adviser to the former President. She was trained as a geologist and formerly worked with UNICEF from 1991 to 2011. In August 2012 she was appointed a member of a Commission of Inquiry investigating communal violence in Rakhine State that year. As an adviser to the military regime, she has regularly written pro-junta articles in regime newspapers.

Lately, the regime has experienced a number of international setbacks including decisions by both Britain and Australia to down their diplomatic affairs with Naypyitaw. The meetings held between civilian National Unity Government Foreign Minister and US officials amid last week’s US-ASEAN Special Summit in Washington to which junta chief was not invited.

Against this backdrop, the pro-military circles argue that there would be no disputes between the nations of the world if other countries followed the good neighborly relations that Myanmar and China enjoy.

As they described that the two countries have always enjoyed an easy relationship because China has always been such a good neighbor to Myanmar, and has always wanted to see positive changes in Myanmar’s politics.

With the exception of China and Russia, the international community has condemned and largely shunned the regime for its violence against the Myanmar people. The reasons are obvious because the Russia engages with the regime because the Myanmar military is a major buyer of its weapons, while China has extensive economic interests inside Myanmar.

The regime spokesperson even said that not to blame Myanmar’s military if conflicts arise in Rakhine State because of the armed group’s recent activities. He warned that the Myanmar military is exercising restriction in order to evade any damage coming to the Rakhine people, and for the sake of peace.

The regime spokesperson issued a warning to the commander of the Myanmar military’s western command, which oversees operations in Rakhine State, in response to the regime’s stiff security checks and arrest of alleged Arakan Army (AA) affiliates.

The Arakan Army (AA) chief said he would crush the command if it keeps on doing things that harm the Rakhine people. All this is evident of fact that civilian casualties may go higher due to the rough approach of Myanmar regime.


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