Govt Schools in Southern Myanmar Targeted With Bombs and Fire

By The Irrawaddy 26 May 2021

Three schools in Dawei in southern Myanmar were hit by bombs and a fire on Monday, as school enrollment week for basic education students commenced.

Explosions took place at a basic education high school and a post-primary school in Dawei, the capital of Tanintharyi Region, on Monday evening, while a fire broke out at another basic education high school on the outskirts of town, according to local residents.

“A bomb was thrown at No. 6 Basic Education High School. The attack was targeted at the office of the school headmistress who opted not to join the civil disobedience movement. But the bomb just hit the lower parts of the office and exploded. A bomb was hurled at the post-primary school shortly afterwards. No one was injured,” said a Dawei resident.

Following the explosions, junta troops came in four military vehicles and inspected passers-by. Junta forces also provided security for the headmistress of No. 6 Basic Education High School.

A basic education high school on Maung Ma Kan Road in Ka Myaw Kin village caught fire around 10pm Monday, said the Dawei resident. The school building was razed by the fire.

“I heard many students came to enroll at Ka Myaw Kin School on Monday. But I haven’t seen anyone enrolling at the school today since the fire,” a local told The Irrawaddy on Tuesday.

The high school in Ka Myaw Kin village was razed by fire on May 24. (Photo: CJ)

Three bombs exploded at a basic education middle school in a village in Wetlet Township, Shwebo District, Sagaing Region on Monday evening. An explosion was also reported at No. 13 Basic Education High School in Kale, Sagaing Region on Tuesday morning.

The military regime has ordered all basic education schools to reopen on June 1, the annual back-to-school day.

The junta’s push to reopen schools is now facing increasing resistance, with anti-regime protesters calling for a boycott of education as part of the nationwide civil disobedience movement against the military regime.

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