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Bayda Institute asked to leave premises–again and again

New Delhi (Mizzima) – For the third time, the Bayda Institute, a free school affiliated with the National League for Democracy (NLD), in Thingangyun Township in Rangoon Division has been asked to leave its location after local authorities applied pressure on the landlord.

A Bayda School official, Myo Yan Naung Thein, left, with NLD senior leader Tin Oo. Photo: MizzimaLocal authorities threatened the landlord that if they continued renting the building to the Bayda Institue, the building would be confiscated so the landlord has told the school to leave the location, according to Myint Oo, one of the school administrators.  

The school has a six-month contract on the premises. If the school moves, it will be the third time it has been forced to move within four months. At first, the school was located in Tamwe Township but because of the authorities’ pressure it had to move to Sanchaung Township and finally it moved from Sanchaung to Thingangyun. 

‘Two days after our school opened in Thingangyun Township, the head of the Township Administration Office threatened the landlord not to rent the building to us. Since then, the landlord has repeatedly told us to leave the building’, Myint Oo told Mizzima.

The school’s officers have asked for the help of lawmaker Thein Nyunt of  the Thingangyun branch of the National Democratic Force.

The Bayda Institute offers courses in social relationships, world affairs, South East Asian studies and basic English to high school graduates and graduates.

Presently, about 30 students from across the country are boarding at the school. The current enrollment is the sixth batch.

At every ceremony that concludes a course, various NLD leaders including Vice Chairman Tin Oo attend and present a message from Aung San Suu Kyi, the pro-democracy leader.

The 20 administrators of the Bayda Institute include activist Myo Yan Naung Thein, independent electoral candidate Win Cho, 88-Generation student Phyo Min Thein, activist Dr. Saw Naing and various NLD leaders.

‘The government can not provide a good education. That’s why we shoulder this responsibility. But, they threaten our volunteers in many ways. The former junta and the new government are not very different’, Myint Oo said.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 May 2011 20:34 )  

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