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Mizoram NGO orders closure of Burmese schools
Published on 27 Nov. 2009 11:44 PM IST
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Local branch of the Young Mizo Association, the states largest NGO, has ordered a free school called Moe Toah Star (Dawn Star Donated Wisdom School) at Zuangtui locality in Aizawl to shut down until further notice. According to a UNI report, the school, meant for children of the poor Myanmarese migrants in Mizoram, started functioning from October 26 with a lady Burmese teacher, who was paid Rs 3000 per month. As many 25 children attended the school. However, Zuangtuai branch of the YMA has ordered the school to shut down for the moment, as permission for it to remain operational has to be discussed at the meeting of the central YMA, the source said. ‘’They did not inform us about setting up of the school before starting. We were informed through a letter only after it started functioning, subsequently we informed the central committee of YMA,’’ Zuangtui branch YMA president said. The school has to be closed until we hear about the decision taken in the central YMA meeting, he added. A leader of an NGO that runs the school said they did not know how to handle the matter as they had informed the YMA recently. He was quoted as saying that since they were working towards the welfare of the people and not harming them, they expected the organisation to understand and allow them to function. Even as the future of the school depends on the decision of the central YMA, 25 children of Burmese migrants have gone back to their houses to help their parents. ‘’They have no right to open a foreign school in our country. If they want to put their children into a school they have to approach government schools or other private schools,’’ Zuangtui branch YMA president said. The Dawn Star school committee members have decided to approach the Mizoram government in order to reopen the school soon, the source said. The school is sponsored by the Freedom for Youth Organisation, an NGO established by five people on September 23, 2009 in New Delhi and was extended on October 16 to the state capital, sources added.

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