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Innovation & Technology Bureau, studio discussion with lawmaker Charles Mok & Jimmy Wong of Frontline Tech Workers, TSA impact on students and elections in Myanmar (14 Nov 2015)


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Last week, the Legislative Council‘s Finance Committee, dominated by pro-government legislators, approved a long-cherished and much delayed initiative of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, the Innovation and Technology Bureau. With us in the studio are Charles Mok, legislator for the Innovation Technology functional constituency and Jimmy Wong, member of Frontline Tech Workers, which opposes the setting up of the bureau. The Territory-wide System Assessment, or TSA, was not designed to do this but has ended up putting a great deal of pressure on primary school children who are subjected to the tests at both Primary Three and Primary Six level. Schools push their students hard to perform well to ensure that the schools’ reputation remains intact. Parents and educators have formed a concern group and issued an open letter to the Secretary for Education Eddie Ng, asking the government to reduce the TSA’s negative impact on children. They’ve also taken to social media. Last Sunday’s general election in Myanmar is in some ways a repeat of the stunning victory achieved in 1990 by the opposition National League for Democracy, led by Aung San Suu Kyi. However this time it seems that the people’s mandate will be honored by the successors of the military junta who overruled that election with a reign of oppression. About 30 million people were eligible to vote with a turnout was estimated at about 80%. Missing were hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingya people, classified by Myanmar as stateless Bengali Muslims from Bangladesh. Most are denied citizenship and have no right to vote and, incidentally, have also been ignored by the victorious NLD.

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Publish Date: 
Saturday, November 14, 2015
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