Myanmar Taps on Singapore's Experience in Education

Myanmar Taps on Singapore's Experience in Education

Date
Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Media Type
Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE: Myanmar is keen to tap Singapore's experience to enhance the quality of its teachers.

On the cards may be further exchanges and collaborations between both nations in education.

The country's officials, led by its Education Minister Dr Mya Aye, toured some Singapore schools on Tuesday.

The delegation is here with President Thein Sein on a state visit to Singapore.

Dr Mya Aye and his delegation visited the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) College East and toured the school's facilities.

Help in vocational training is a key part of assistance Singapore is giving Myanmar to develop its human resource capabilities. The trip to the College East campus is meant to give the visitors an insight into Singapore's technical education.

Bruce Poh, director and CEO of Institute of Technical Education, said: "It's important to develop a good vocational and technical education in any country. So Myanmar is no exception and I think they are very interested, particularly in this area of technology, in engineering."

Discussions are still at the preliminary stage, but Mr Poh said more talks are expected to follow between both sides to explore partnerships.

The Myanmar officials next visited Tanjong Katong Secondary to see how lessons are taught in the school. There, they also met students from Myanmar.

Where growing a pool of competent educators is concerned, the delegation spoke to Nanyang Technological University (NTU), which has the National Institute of Education (NIE) that trains teachers.

The visitors also met the heads of NTU's engineering departments.

Rounding off a day's programme, Dr Mya Aye called on his counterpart Mr Heng Swee Keat.

Source: Channel NewsAsia, mediacorp