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One of the poorest countries in South East Asia, Myanmar has seen an influx of expatriates and foreign companies since economic sanctions were lifted in 2012. New international schools have opened in the commercial centre Yangon to cater for growing demand.
Long-established schools have been expanding too. The International School of Yangon, an all-years, coeducational day school that was set up in 1955, completed a campus extension in 2017 that provided new science, arts and academic blocks, plus a sports centre with a swimming pool, gym and health centre. An IB World School, it offers an American curriculum and the International Baccalaureate Diploma.
Dulwich College Yangon is the latest school to open. Serving children aged two to 18, it was launched by Dulwich College International at Pun Hlaing campus west of the city and a second campus at Thanlyin Star City to the south east for children aged up to 12. Sports facilities include a gym, an Olympic-sized swimming pool and rugby and football pitches. A 500-seat performing arts theatre, specialist learning areas and extra sports facilities are due to be built over coming years.
Modelled on the UK’s prestigious Dulwich College, it offers the English national curriculum leading to IGCSEs and the IB Diploma, supplemented with Mandarin language and Myanmar studies programmes. DCI now runs schools in eight cities across East Asia.
In 2014, the British School Yangon was launched by the British Schools Foundation, which has member schools in eight countries. It provides schooling based on the English national curriculum from pre-school to junior secondary level. In December 2017, the school joined the Nord Anglia Education group, which operates more than 50 schools across Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle East.
Several other English-medium international schools and a lycee offering the French national curriculum were founded in the 1990s and 2000s. The Western Association of Colleges has four accredited schools in Myanmar and there are two IB World Schools.
Education is compulsory from age five to nine. In the state sector, primary education continues to age nine, secondary education to age 15 and tertiary education from 16 to 20. The school year runs from June to March. Students who attend private schools are not allowed to enrol at Burmese universities.