Burmese (offical) minority ethnic
groups have their own languages
15 and over can read and write
total population: 89.9%
School life expectancy (primary to
The educational system of Burma is
operated by the government Ministry of Education. Universities and professional
institutes from upper Burma and lower Burma are run by two separate entities,
the Department of Higher Education of Upper Burma and the Department of Higher
Education of Lower Burma. Headquarters are based in Yangon and Mandalay
respectively. The education system is based on the United Kingdom's system, due
to nearly a century of British and Christian presences in Burma. Nearly all
schools are government-operated, but there has been a recent increase in
privately funded English language schools. Schooling is compulsory until the end
of elementary school, probably about 9 years old, while the compulsory schooling
age is 15 or 16 at international level.
There are 101 universities, 12 institutes,
9 degree colleges and 24 colleges in Burma, a total of 146 higher education
There are 10 Technical Training Schools,
23 nursing training schools, 1 sport academy and 20 midwifery schools.
There are 2047 Basic Education High
Schools, 2605 Basic Education Middle Schools, 29944 Basic Education Primary
Schools and 5952 Post Primary Schools. 1692 multimedia classrooms exist within
There are four international schools which
are acknowledged by WASC and College Board – The International School Yangon (ISY),
Crane International School Yangon (CISM), Yangon International School (YIS) and
International School of Myanmar (ISM) in Yangon.
Main article: Burmese units of measurement
Burma is one of three countries that still
predominantly uses a non-metric system of measure, according to the CIA Factbook.
The common units of measure are unique to Burma but the government web pages use
both imperial units and metric units.
from wikipedia and cia fact