Driven by increased public investment and a series of key reforms Myanmar’s education sector has undergone a significant transformation following the transition to democracy that began in 2011. The budget allocation for the sector has risen steadily to be nearly six times the amount it was in FY 2011/12, reaching MMK1.76trn ($1.15bn) in FY 2018/19. Furthermore, liberalisation has resulted in the emergence of a rapidly expanding private school sector. Nevertheless, despite the progress achieved…
Education & Health
From The Report: Myanmar 2020
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Myanmar’s education sector has undergone a significant transformation following the transition to democracy. Budget allocation for the sector has risen steadily and liberalisation has resulted in the emergence of a rapidly expanding private school segment. Nevertheless, further work is required to reform the curriculum, raise teaching standards and adopt education technology if the country’s young population is to be prepared for an international labour market characterised by innovation and rapid technological change. Health care expenditure has been rising and the government is implementing three national health plans to lead the country towards universal health care by 2030. Furthermore, private investment has become increasingly welcome and significant growth potential exists in the insurance market. Nonetheless, more systematic data collection is required to prioritise the areas where resources are most needed. Widening access to primary health care and improving the quality of services will be key to fostering sustainable economic growth. This chapter contains an interview with U Aung Chit Khin, Founder, Strategy First University.