Myanmar gov't to confer basic education completion certificates to students

August 17, 2020

The Myanmar government will confer basic education completion certificates to all high school students including those who did not pass matriculation exam starting from 2019-2020 academic year, an education official told Xinhua on Friday.

The completion certificates will be applicable to all students who have reached basic education high school level, with an aim to help the students who do not pass the matriculation exam join vocational training courses

"Before, we defined high school completion with matriculation exam passes, resulting difficulties for one-third of high schoolers to continue their education," said Director U Ko Lay Win of Basic Education Department under the Education Ministry.

As part of educational reforms, high school completion certificates will be issued to engage them with educational or employment opportunities, the director said.

Students from government's basic education high schools, private schools and monastic schools are eligible to apply for the completion certificates.

Students in Myanmar are set to take the matriculation exams before entering universities.

Most of the jobs prefer employees with higher educational background, especially for white-collar professions in the country.

In 2019-2020 academic year, a total of 910,229 students sat for the matriculation exam countrywide, of whom 291,798 students passed, registering a pass rate at 32.06 percent.