According to a teacher’s association representative, only around a quarter of Myanmar’s more than 12 million students enrolled for the new school year, despite a protest boycott against military rule and a series of bombings.
As the new academic year began on Tuesday for the first time since both the Feb. 1 coup and the relaxation of COVID-19 limits imposed last year, several schools in Yangon’s main metropolis had noticeably fewer students.
The junta claimed that “politically extremist terrorist groups wishing to damage national interests” had threatened to interrupt schooling by threatening students and teachers.
It added in a statement that there were 115 explosions or attempted explosions and 18 arson incidents at educational institutions between May 1 and May 26.
Despite harsh internet restrictions since the coup, a National Unity Government put up underground by junta opponents has announced it is working on a mobile education project.