Maungdaw, Arakan (Rohingya Vision) — The Rakhine Buddhist teachers do not conduct classes in the schools in Maungdaw, where majority students are Rohingya children, the locals say.
Consequently, such negligence of the Rohingya students and the lack of classes at the schools are demotivating Rohingya children and teenagers to go to school, it has been learnt.
Some of the schools are ‘Annex Middle School’ at ‘Paung Zar’ village; and the primary and middle schools at ‘Ngakura (Nagpura) village in northern Maungdaw.
“The Rakhine teachers do not regularly attend the schools. When they attend, they hardly teach anything to the students. Mostly, they waste their time” said a student in Paung Zar village.
There are 400 Rohingya students in the Paung Zar School. There are one head-teacher and six teachers appointed by the government. The school was resumed in June after summer vacations.
“Out of the six teachers, only two teachers attend the school sometimes. Even they waste their time by sitting on the chairs in the classrooms and on the school benches. They are taking salaries paid by the government for free” he (the student) continued.
There are no fences around the school to protect the students from unwanted dangers. There are no blackboards or whiteboards for the use of teachers let alone having the study facilities for the children such as chairs, tables, text books etc.
Now, the headmaster of the school is asking the villagers to provide their own volunteer teachers if they want their children learn something at the school.
More or less, all the schools in Rohingya areas in Maungdaw and Buthidaung are facing conditions. Rohingya community has to provide their own volunteer teachers to teach their children.
There are no Rohingya teachers appointed by the government in the schools since they have been systematically barred from serving either in armed forces or in civil services.
[Edited by M.S. Anwar]
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