The nine townships experiencing school closures are Minbya, Pauktaw, Rathedaung, Ponnagyun, Kyauktaw, Mrauk-U, Maungdaw, Buthidaung, and Ann, as per information from an education official.
In Rakhine State, clashes between the Arakan Army (AA) and
the Military Council have resurfaced since November 13th, causing tens of
thousands to be displaced by the conflict and leading to the closure of
"There isn't an official letter from authorities to
close schools, but the teaching staff, now war-displaced themselves, are unable
to come to schools anymore”, an education staff from Rathedaung Township
A Minbya resident mentioned that nearly the entire Minbya
town has been evacuated due to the Military Council's indiscriminate firing of
artillery and small arms into the town almost daily. This has resulted in the
closure of shops and schools as well.
"The Military Council shoots randomly with artillery
and small arms almost every day, so who would dare to go to school? People have
to flee for safety as even living at home is too risky. Sending children to
school is unsafe, and teachers can't come to school either”, the source
Likewise, in Pauktaw, schools were shut down as nearly the
entire town evacuated due to fear of arrest and violence from the Military
Council. The detention of some education staff by the Military Council has also
heightened concerns, according to a family member of an education staff from
"My brother, who is a teacher, has been arrested along
with other teachers. This kind of action is very harmful to education. The
entire town is now deserted, and all the schools are closed”, she told
"Worried parents aren't sending their children to
schools due to the fighting, and teachers can't go to schools anymore”, an
education staff from Maungdaw Township also noted.
Rakhine State has 3193 basic education schools,
specifically, 487 high schools, 1171 middle schools, and 1535 primary schools.
Narinjara could confirm that hundreds of schools are
presently closed due to the security situation in Rakhine State. However, the
exact number couldn't be disclosed as attempts to contact the Rakhine State
Department of Education were unsuccessful.