Teachers from Kachin state who joined the Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM) against military rule will teach online lessons under Burma’s National Unity Shadow Government (NUG), formed in part by expelled lawmakers during the coup more than fifteen months ago.
“The children have not been able to study for two years. In line with the NUG directive, Myitkyina Township School Board plans to introduce online courses for students,” said an official who requested anonymity.
Plans to bring children back to class have been announced as the regime arranges for schools under its control to open on June 2. Parents in Myitkyina Township have until June 12 to register their children for NUG K-10 online courses.
The source said the teachers will follow a curriculum provided by the NUG Department of Education. CDM teachers from other townships in Kachin State will use the same materials for their online lessons.
Classes begin with students through middle school before resuming high school classes. As in regular school, they will be two six-month semesters, with monthly tests and final exams at the end of each semester. Students will receive their grades twice a year.
Some parents said they would send their children to public schools because they had no internet access. According to NUG, there are plans to introduce an alternative for students who cannot learn online, but details have yet to be announced.