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Lack of facilities hampers computer students

Jan 25, 2008, The Burmese government's Science and Technology Ministry has started an investigation into a university in Meikhtila after several complaints were made by students about the principal and facilities.

Students at the Meikhtila Government Computer College wrote a letter of complaint to Naypyidaw about the restrictions placed on them by the principal of the college, Daw Khin Moh Moh Tun.

The problems reportedly began when the principal forced three male students to sign an agreement to cut their hair.

Students also complained about the length of study hours, which run from 8am to 3pm with a half-hour break for lunch, and the lack of transport facilities, one female student said.

"There are only four buses available in the whole university for student transportation, and there are an increasing number of students because of Masters students transferring from Mandalay university," the student said, adding that the cramped buses made some female students feel unsafe.

When government officials began their investigation on 18 January, four or five days after the complaint was filed, they also found out that there were not enough computers for the students at the university.

The female student said that the officials interviewed the students individually in a closed room and asked them if they were able to use the internet.

"The students had been told to answer 'yes' to that question by the university teachers so they did, but then they couldn't show the officials how they used the internet because they haven't had much practice," the student said.

"Even though they are studying at the computer college, they have only been allowed to use the internet once a week, and their level of skill is about the same as a grade 10 student."

The officials also asked students for their opinions on what needed to be improved at the university.

The investigation lasted for three days, and officials said they would return soon.

Reporting by Naw Say Phaw

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