Acute dropout at Lamine Mon National School

July 29, 2015

The school board committee of Lamine Mon National Middle School, located in Mon State’s Ye Township, has said that the school will continue to function as usual for the 2015-16 school year, despite an unusually high number of dropouts last year. In total, over 50 students dropped out from Lamine Mon National Middle School from 2014-15.

According to teachers at the school, Lamine Mon National Middle School saw an unusually high number of dropouts last year due to poverty, illness, the demands of seasonal rubber tapping and labour migration.

In addition to student dropout, Lamine’s school also experienced problems last year with staff retention. According to the school’s headmistress Mi Nyan Sorn, “As well as the many students who dropped out, eight teachers and one volunteer teacher quit in the 2014 to 2015 school year due to personal problems”.

Abbot Mayda Nonda, also known as Banyar Gru, Managing Director of Lamine’s Mon National Middle School, detailed that the school has received 40 new students for the new school year, compensating for the 50 who left from 2014-15. In total, Lamine’s Mon National Middle School began the 2015-16 school year with 248 students and 12 teachers.

Parents of students attending the school have emphasised that, while a significant number of children dropped out last year, many parents remain committed to furthering their children’s education. A parent of a Grade 9 student said, “I dream for my child to become literate and to be confident in the future. That’s why I will help him with everything I can”.

Lamine’s Mon National Middle School is supported by a combination of Mon National Education Committee (MNEC) funds and donations by local villagers, monks, education support groups and other civil society organisations. Reportedly, all of these groups have supported the school to remain open, despite the significant challenges it has faced over the past year.




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