State Counsellor met with student protest

29 January 2020
State Counsellor met with student protest
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi attends the Education Development Implementation Conference 2020 (Basic Education Sector) and delivers the opening speech in Nay Pyi Taw on January 28. Photo: Myanmar State Counsellor Office

Myanmar university students staged a rare protest during a speech by the country’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi at an education sector event in the capital Naypyidaw on Tuesday, criticizing the civilian-led government’s decision to extend the academic year by one month, RFA reported.

She was giving the opening speech at an education sector development workshop at the Myanmar Convention Centre when students from the Yangon University Union, Sagaing University Student Union, and Educational College Union stood up with signs objecting to the Ministry of Education’s extension of the school year to March.

Other students demonstrated in a hallway outside the room where Aung San Suu Kyi was speaking.