Shadow education in Myanmar: private supplementary tutoring and its policy implications
UNESCO is pleased to announce the co-publication with the Comparative Education Research Centre (CERC) at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) of the book entitled Shadow Education in Myanmar: Private Supplementary Tutoring and its Policy Implications.
The book, written by Mark Bray, Magda Nutsa Kobakhidze and Ora Kwo, results from work undertaken under the auspices of the UNESCO Chair at HKU. It presents the first detailed empirical study in Myanmar of a phenomenon that is of increasing visibility and significance in high-, medium- and low-income countries across the world.
The study results from a partnership with the UNESCO office in Myanmar and with colleagues from the Yangon University of Education (YUOE). Among the students sampled for this study, over 80% were receiving shadow education; and among the teachers sampled, nearly half were providers. Other tutoring was received from informal providers and through registered companies.
The study exposes the significance of this phenomenon for the lives of students, the work of teachers, and the broader society. It has far-reaching implications for the educational reforms on which the Myanmar government has embarked. The study also has much of interest for international comparative analysis.