Independent Mon News Agency – Students joining the University of Computer Science for the 2011–2012 academic year will have to attend for four full academic years, which is an increase from three years, said a senior official from the Science and Technical Ministry.
An official who requested anonymity told IMNA that, “Since the beginning, we drew the curriculum for the Bachelor Degree Program in Computer Science and Computer Technology as a five-year program. But in the recent past, we could only conduct the courses for three academic years. This means that the university could not provide all courses to the students. The students themselves did not well understand the entire program, and they could not apply their education in practice. Hence, we have decided to increase one more year.”
He further explained why the ministerial officials have decided to add one more year to the academic program, saying, “Many young Burmans and the ethnic students are very interested to attend this university, because the university provides advanced technology. The students believe that they can also apply after completing a bachelor’s degree.
A Mon student from Thanbyuzayat, Mehm Chan Rot, said, “I got one distinction on my final exams, but I don’t know my basic high school final exam’s total marks. I really want to attend the University of Computer Science. Last year, if you got 365 marks from your final exam, you could attend this university. I don’t know how many marks are required for this academic year.”
Mehm Chan Rot believes computer technology is the most advanced educational course in modern times, and he said many youths want to attend the course. Many students who do not pass high school with high marks could not join into the University of Computer Science.
In addition, some parents are disappointed. They believe many universities in Burma do not provide efficient or effective education for their children. They complain that although the numbers of graduated students have increased, the graduates are unable to find suitable employment.
A parent whose son recently graduated from the Computer Technical College in Moulmein (Mawlamyaing) said, “Whether universities or institutes or Colleges, I think there is a great need for teaching assistance materials. The Computer Technical College could not provide sufficient computers, and my son had to learn from outside training. Tutors are inefficient. Finally, the students have no jobs, even if holding a degree certificate. It is quite meaningless to send them to universities.”
Entrance to universities based on exam marks is still practiced in Burma’s higher education system. For the recent university entrance year, medical universities took those students who earned 4–6 distinctions and 425-450 marks on their final exams. Total number of marks possible for six subjects is 600. The second highest marks-requiring university was the Rangoon (Yangon) Institute of Technology. The University of Computer Science ranked fifth, and students who earned scores of 365–375 could join this university. The number of marks required for entrance to each university varies every year.