Academic journal article Southeast Asian Affairs

Education: The Lost Generation

Academic journal article Southeast Asian Affairs

Education: The Lost Generation

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As a sign of the junta's growing confidence in its ability to stifle opposition, it announced in December that some universities would be reopened. Few details of the decision have emerged, but it was reported that some third and fourth year students at the Yangon Institute of Technology had been told to contact the institute to re-enrol in classes. It appears that the Yangon campus will remain closed and students will attend classes in three satellite towns on Yangon's outskirts where campuses have been relocated. In January, four medical institutes were reopened. The country's thirty-odd universities have remained closed since December 1996 following a series of student protests. Earlier in the year, 270 Yangon University students were sentenced to fourteen years in prison for staging demonstrations in 1998 in favour of the Committee Representing the People's Parliament (CRPP). One, a student leader, Thet Win Aung, was imprisoned for fifty-three years.

Since universities were closed, about 100,000 students, who were due to take their final exams, were reported to be affected. …

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