Yangon - June 19
The government has no plan currently to allow private medical schools in Myanmar, Dr. Than Zaw Myint said to clarify the rumors.
“First of all, I haven’t heard the news about establishing a private medical school. Second, there is no such plan at all,” said Dr. Than Zaw Myint.
A newspaper quoted Dr. Than Sein, principal of Oxford Myanmar Medical College, saying that a private school of medicine will be established to address the problems in Myanmar’s medical education. Through the program, students can obtain Health & Social Care HND (Higher National) Diploma up to MBBS degree (Bachelor of Medicine).
The program consists of a six-month foundation course, at the completion of which two foundation diplomas will be awarded direcly by Oxford Myanmar Medical College and South Essex College (UK). From there, students who finish Year 1 and Year 2 can continue their medical education in Australia. This college program will begin two weeks after the 2014 matriculation exam results are announced and will accept 120 students.
“If a student with around 400 marks in the matriculation exam and about 550 TOEFL score wants to study medicine in another country, he will need to consider the viability of this option carefully. We [as an education agency] could ignore the risks, take the service money, and let him go. But the student could face a lot of problems there. It is sad how obsessed Myanmar students are with medical schools. I mean, just look at the number of doctors in our country who don’t have jobs!” said a counselor from an overseas education agency.