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Despite Harsh Conditions, Rohingya Students Sit for University Entrance Examination

By RVision TV Correspondent | March 8, 2017

Maungdaw – Despite the harsh and disastrous conditions faced by the Rohingya community in Maungdaw Township and other places, hundreds of Rohingya students are sitting for the University Entrance Examination being held nationwide in Myanmar from today (Mar 8), it has been reported.

The University Entrance Examination is the most important examination for a student’s future in Myanmar and is the examination which every student studies hard and anticipates for.

There are approximately 2,000 Rohingya students sitting for the examination in several examination centers across both Maungdaw and Buthidaung Townships. Most of the students were affected by the military attacks of the Rohingya population under the so-called ‘Region Clearance Operation’ that began on October 9, 2016.

“Most of the students were unable to go to school or tuitions and prevented from studying at home as they had to often flee in fear of the arbitrary arrests by the Myanmar Military and Border Guard Police (BGP). They were not having proper studying materials such as books and journals.

“However, with the little they have studied, they are still hopeful and sitting for the examinations”, said a Rohingya youth based in Maungdaw.

Some Rohingya students sitting for the examinations complain that they are being discriminated by the Rakhine teachers and the examination authorities by openly favoring the Rakhine students in the exam halls.

The students have received ‘Exam Admission Tickets’ after handing over ‘their University Entrance Examination Permission Forms’ to the relevant authorities and answered the first day’s paper of the Examination, which is Myanmarsar or Myanmar Literature, today. And so, many Rohingya students will likely to quit this year’s examination from tomorrow as they couldn’t attend school and didn’t have enough time to study due to the violence.

Editor’s Note: We wish every student in Myanmar does well in the most important examination of his/her life: the University Entrance Examination.

[Edited by M.S. Anwar]

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A list showing seating of the students sitting for the University Entrance Examination in Maungdaw

Question Paper of the Myanmar subject on the 1st day of examination - Page 1

Question Paper of the Myanmar subject on the 1st day of examination