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Parliament’s Joint Bill Committee has reported its findings on the bill amending the controversial National Education Law in a legislative session on 9 June.
The committee – tasked with analysing the amendment bill after both houses failed to agree on more than 50 points in the legislation – recommended that parliament accept around 40 changes proposed by the lower house, though it only put forward five recommendations from the upper house.
Following nationwide demonstrations protesting the National Education Bill, which resulted in a bloody crackdown in March, the amendment bill was drawn up after negotiations between student groups and government legislators. However, by the time a watered-down version of the bill was passed in both the upper and lower houses, several of the students’ key demands had been omitted.
Meanwhile, a hearing for the protestors incarcerated for their involvement with the education protests has been postponed, after one defendant coughed up blood and collapsed as we was escorted to the courtroom on Tuesday.
Parliament is scheduled to discuss the bill following the committee’s report.
INTERACTIVE MAP: Chronology of student protests across Burma