Akyab, May 16
Educational Certificates for Buddhist Monks are for Sale in Arakan
Educational certificates on
Buddhist literature classes for monks can be bought with a substantial amount
of money in
Certificates are issued to monks who passed the exams set up by the Government Religious Affairs Department. However, these certificates can be purchased by paying money to the head of the State branch of the Department.
According to a senior monk in Akyab, by paying money to U Myo Shwe, the head of the Department in Akyab, monks can purchase certificates. The prices are 15,000 kyats (about US$ 20) for Matriculation in Buddhist literature, and 20,000 kyats (about US$ 25) for a certificate equivalent to a Bachelor degree.
However, a monk who has paid for the Matriculation said that he paid the money but had yet to receive the certificate. He claims that there are about 70 monks who are in a similar situation; people have paid but not received the certificate yet.
He also said that with the
purchased certificates, monks can attend Propagation Training at Gaba Aye Centre in
Due to economic hardship in
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