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Moreh Draws Myanmar Students

IMPHAL, Dec 4: In the aftermath of the launch of formal border trade between India and Myanmar through Moreh and Tamu, a number of Myanmarese students have started coming to Moreh to learn English at private schools located at the border town on the Indian side.

Myanmarese students are also studying English medium text books published in different parts of India even at Mandalay.

This was observed during a survey conducted by The Sangai Express during which Myanmarese students, particularly from the border towns of Namphalong and Tamu were found coming to Moreh to learn English.

A large number of Myanmarese students are reading in classes ranging from Nursery to Class X at different private schools located at Moreh.

Not less than 100 Myanmarese students are doing their schooling at Moreh, said Principal of a private school.

Parents of these students are either cultivators or businessmen. But the entire students are very regular in paying school fees.

Moreh is very attractive to many Myanmarese parents for education of their children as they do not get the facility of learning English language in their country.

Even at times, when the border between the two countries remain shut due to any volatile situation, the Myanmarese students would come to their schools using unconventional and secret routes after crossing river, said the Principal.

In terms of academic performance, the Myanmarese students are average, he said.

Myanmarese students started coming to Moreh for their schooling since 2001 and their number is steadily increasing every year.

In addition, English medium text books published in Manipur and other parts of India are bought from Moreh for study in schools located at Tamu-Kalemiyo, Kalewa and Mandalay.

Majority of the text books bought from Moreh are Moral Education, Science, English Conversation, Grammar, Hand Writing, Drawing and Health Education. These text books are purchased in bulk after school Principals of Myanmar made the necessary order to book stalls located at Moreh.  Larger percentage of the text books bought by Myanmar students are for classes I to VIII though they sometimes bought text books for class IX and class X too.

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express)

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