Thursday, 13 August 2020

Maungdaw, Arakan State: Authorities and Arakan State have arbitrarily blocked Rohingya students from continuing their studies, said a school teacher who asked not to be named.

“Last year in Maungdaw, about 100 high school students passed their matriculation exams. Three students passed their subjects with distinction, including two from the Rohingya community,” the teacher said.

“But though they got the same total marks and the same qualifications, one of the Rohingya students was not allowed to enter medical school, while a Rakhine student was admitted.”

Educational authorities declared that Mohamed Sadak, from roll number DAMA 410 and receiving total marks of 480 was not qualified to attend medical school, while a Rakhine student who had the same marks was admitted, the teacher said.

In addition, a committee selected Ma Thida as an outstanding student (Luraychun) in the eighth form of Maungdaw State Middle School, but the District Peace and Development Council (DPDC) Chairman Htum Naing Linn rejected her to join the student program and exams in Akyab for Arakan State because she was from the Rohingya community, according to a member of the selection committee.

According to the US religious freedom report 2010, Muslims in Rakhine state, particularly those of the Rohingya minority group, continued to experience the severest forms of legal, economic, educational, and social discrimination. Although essentially treated as illegal foreigners, Rohingya were not issued Foreigner Registration Cards (FRCs). Since they also were not generally eligible for NRCs, Rohingya have been commonly referred to as "stateless."

“Without citizenship status Rohingyas did not have access to secondary education in state-run schools. Those Muslim students from Rakhine state who completed high school were not permitted to travel outside the state to attend college or university. Authorities continued to bar from graduating Muslim university students who did not possess NRCs. These students were permitted to attend classes and sit for examinations, but they could not receive diplomas unless they claimed a "foreign" ethnic minority affiliation. Rohingyas also were unable to obtain employment in any civil service positions. Rohingya couples must also obtain government permission to marry,” the report stated.