Practising School Yangon Institute of Education
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (March 2008)|
|TTC Yangon, Kamayut|
"All for All"
|Kamayut, Yangon, Myanmar
|Rector||Dr. Lwin Lwin Soe|
|Principal||Dr. Myint Myint San|
|Number of students||8420|
|Campus||Kamayut campus, Hlaing campus|
The Practising High School, Yangon Institute of Education (abbreviated TTC Yangon) is a high school in Yangon, Myanmar. TTC stands for Teachers' Training College, which is now Institute of Education. Although it is a "high school" in the technical sense, TTC's student body comprises students from Grade One (formerly Kindergarten) to Grade Eleven (formerly Tenth Standard) or Matriculation, the highest standard in Myanmar education system. The origin of the name of the school comes from the fact that TTC is part of the Institute of Education (former Teachers' Training College), whose trainee teachers are attached to the school as part of their course.
The school was established in 1931. Its main campus is situated on Pyay Road in Kamayut Township. It was established as an experimental school by the colonial education authority as a new means to deliver scientific education to the student body. Thus, the school did not fall under either the colonial government's school syllabus (consisting mostly of mission-schools run by the religious order), nor the newly founded Nationalist Vernacular school network. Consequently, after Myanmar (Burma)'s independence, the school remained somewhat independent of the Basic Education High School network, although they shared the same government implemented syllabus.
Until the outbreak of the World War II, the school had boarding facilities, mainly for students from out of town. The school was served by the Rangoon Electric Tramway's University Line along Prome Road (now Pyay Road).
Administration and campus
The Yangon Institute of Education (Lower Myanmar) independently runs the TTC High School with the joint administration of Higher Education Department, unlike the rest of the schools in the country which are administered by Basic Education Department. TTC Yangon is therefore the only significant school of considerable size outside the Basic Education School network.
TTC has two campuses: Pyay Road (in Kamayut Township) campus and Hlaing campus (in Hlaing Township. Kamayut campus is 25.7 acres (104,000 m2) wide, and is the main site of the school, housing much of the school's original pre-war buildings. Hlaing campus was acquired around 2000. It is 23.96 acres (97,000 m2) wide, and comprises the unused buildings of the failed Regional College system of the 1970s. Both campuses are unique from much other schools'campuses for their university-like locations. Hlaing campus contains some lecture theatres, the only ones owned by a high school in Myanmar, although they are seldom used.
The Hlaing campus was once used as a regional college (Regional College 2). However, due to reforms in the education systems, the whole regional college system and campuses were abandoned. TTC rented the Regional College 2 campus, beginning in late 2000. There are about 130 classrooms across 18 buildings shared between the two campuses. A total of 9000 students from kindergarten (Grade 1) to 10th Standard (Grade 11) are studying at TTC and around 167 teachers and support staff.
TTC Yangon has a large student body in Yangon and in Myanmar, numbering near 9000. The students are spread across eleven standards or grades, from Grade 1 (formerly Kindergarten of KG) to Grade 11 (formerly Tenth Standard, colloquially sei-dan)
For many years, TTC students have a tradition of putting the right finger at the lip and say “kyan mar shwin lan kya par sae” *_က်န္းမာရြင္လန္းပါေစ ဆရာ/ဆရာမ_* - (good health to you) to the teachers. This is a tradition to show respect to the teachers.
TTC requires that students wear the school uniform at all times. There are two sets of uniform, one for wear from Kindergarten to 4th Standard (Grades 1 to 5), and another, more traditional one for wear from the 5th Standard to 10th Standard (Grades 6 to 11). All uniforms are of the same colour - a white shirt or blouse, with a green garment for the torso.
The distinguishing feature of the TTC student's uniform is the lack of the sewn-in school badge - all other schools require that the school name and badge be sewn into either the shoulder sleeve or above the single left side pocket.
In TTC, a small brooch like badge, bearing an oil lamp (in both Buddhist and Burmese terminology, the oil lamp represents wisdom and education), with school's name. TTC Yangon is the only school which has such a badge system.
- From Kindergarten to the 4th Standard, boys wear a white shirt (with or without the collar), tucked into a green pants - either short or long. Shoes and the traditional slipper, Hnyat-phanat are footwear.
- From the 5th Standard onwards, the students wear a white shirt (with or without the collar), and a green paso. Only the Hnyat-phanat is permitted. For formal wear, a long sleeved shirt without the collar is worn, over which a taikpone, a Burmese-style changshan, of either pin-ni (brownish vermilion) or white, is put on. Traditional Mandalay slippers, usually of velvet or other materials, are worn.
- Current uniform rules began in late 1977. Boys from Kindergarten through the 7th or 8th Standard wear either green shorts or green longyis until 1977. Before nationwide white and green uniforms were introduced in the mid sixties, the TTC uniform consisted of a white shirt and light green longyi with vertical white stripes.
- From Kindergarten to the 4th Standard, girls can wear either skirts or pants, with a white shirt. Girls usually wear slippers.
- For 5th Standard onwards, the uniform also becomes more traditional like its male counterpart. The girls wear either a front opening (yin-zee) or side opening (yin-phone) traditional Burmese blouse, with the Htamein as the lower garment.
- Current uniform rules began in late 1977. Girls from Kindergarten through the 7th or 8th Standard wear either green skirts or green Htamein until 1977. Before nationwide white and green uniforms were introduced in mid sixties, TTC uniform was a white shirt and light green Htamein with vertical white stripes.
It ranks the highest overall in Burmese High School in the Myanmar University Entrance exam, conducted by the Myanma Examination Board. TTC's student body produces many high scoring students both in terms of collective subjects and individual subjects, making into the very competitive "nationwide outstanding top-ten students' list", colloquially known as the whole-Burma or top ten list quite often.
TTC has won medals in national and international competitions, such as South East Asian Games.
Many students have won medals in "Myanmar Traditional and Cultural Performing Arts Competition" (So-Ka-Yay-Tee) and won painting competitions.
TTC relied on already existing buildings for much of its existence. Much of these buildings were on loan from the Yangon Institute of Education. However, by 2000, the grants expired and were not renewed. In order to cope with the loss of nearly three-quarters of its classroom capacity, a building and renovation programme was implemented, resulting in the renting of the former University of Yangon (Hlaing Campus), which was also known as Regional College Number 2 (or RC-2), and the building of a new school wing. Five wings from RC-2 were rented from the Ministry of Education in 2000, and the completion of a three-storey wing.
With the rising use of the internet and government promotion of information technology, two IT labs have been added to the campus facilities, though they are not frequently used, due to the overwhelming student population. A new assembly hall, arts hall and a chemistry lab have also been added.
- The library building was built with funds donated by Daw Mya Than.
- Football field - the field was the site of a small nationalist vernacular school, which rented the field from 1932-1934. The field also housed refugee huts during the Second World War. The Student Volunteer Army of the Union of Burma, called Thanmani-tut in Burmese (lit. Steel Forces), were trained in the field. Most of the Thanmani-tut were used in the reconquest of the country from rebels and KMT forces.
- One canteen - although Pyay Campus has around 3000 students, the canteen is small in comparison to the student body. The new one opened in 2009.
- Yadana Hall - former assembly hall, used for Ka-htein and other religious ceremonies.
- Anu-pyin-nyar Hall - new assembly hall built in the new school wing, now used for school reunions and functions.
- Biology-Chemistry Lab - when the old lab was handed back to the Institute of Education, a new one was built to replace it, in the new school wing. However, equipment and chemicals are extremely hard to replace (high student population, funding issues, lack of teachers) and thus is seldom used.
- PT (Physical Training) Hall - an older occupant of the campus, it was renovated in 2004. It also serves as a back-up assembly hall and badminton court.
- IT Lab - built in the new school wing under the government's policy to embrace information technology, the IT lab shares the site with the Biology-Chemistry Lab, though it is more frequently used.
Due to insufficient space in the Pyay Campus, much of the modernisation and equipment are channelled to the Hlaing Campus
- A new IT lab, better equipped than the one at Pyay Campus. Some lessons are held in the lab.
- Canteen - a very large canteen compared to the one at Pyay Campus
- 8 lecture theatres - for exams and certain classes
- Football field
- PT Lodges - used for ping-pong and other games requiring only small spaces.
- ??? (1931–1936)
- U Ba (1936–1952)
- U Kyaw Ngwe (1953–1956)
- Daw Aye Tin (1956–1963)
- Daw Thein Han (1963–1976)
- Daw Tin Tin Aye (1976–1988)
- Daw Khin May Yi (1989–1992)
- Daw Khin Nwe Tint (1992–1997)
- Daw Khin Win Myint (1997–2004)
- U Myo Win (2004–2007)
- Dr. Nandar Htun (2007–2010)
- Dr. Win Min Latt (2010–2011)
- Dr. Myint Myint San (2011–Present)
Recognized staff and students
- Brigadier General Tun Tun Naung (Class of 1979) - Commander of Central-East Command and former Deputy Commandant of Burma's elite Defence Services Academy
- Thiri Pyanchi U Tay Za (Class of 1980) - owner of Air Bagan and Htoo Group of Companies, awarded the country's highest honours for civilians, called Thiri Pyanchi, for his contribution towards socio-economical development of the country. Asia Green Development Bank, one of the largest private banks in Myanmar, is owned by U Tay Za.
- Sao Ohn Hseng (Class of 1996) - National Representative in Asian Games and Southeast Asian Games - swimmer.
- Dr. Yi Mon Aye (Class of 1997) - scientist (Biochemistry and Cancer Biology): Achieved the highest overall score in British General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (A-levels) throughout the whole of UK and was awarded a prize from the Royal Society of Chemistry for achieving top marks in A-level Chemistry. Won a gold medal in the British Council’s first International Student Awards. Yi Mon Aye graduated from the University of Oxford, UK, with a Chemistry degree and received PhD from Harvard University in 2009. She is a post-doctoral research fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA working on cancer -related areas of Biochemistry.
- Suu Myat Soe (Class of 2000) - South East Asian Games Gold Medalist and sailor.
- Dr. Nyein Chan (Class of 2002) - Scientist (Mathematics and Theoretical Physics/Cosmology), educated at University College London in the UK where he stayed on to do research for PhD, which he achieved at the age of 26. He is working in the field of cosmology. He worked on taking a dynamical systems approach to investigate models of dark energy, a hypothetical type of energy believed to be responsible for the accelerated expansion of the universe.
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- Pe Thein (Class of 1941) (deceased) - former Minister for Education and Health (retired 1997) and former lecturer at Universities of Yangon and Mandalay. Awarded Ph.D from the University of Durham. Awarded the honorary rank of Colonel for his contribution to medical sciences and public health in Myanmar although no military service was performed.
- Philip-San Myint Htoon aka Philip Htoon (Class of 1978) - inventor (U.S. Patent# 6,922,952-B2, granted by United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Washington. D.C. U.S.A. on August 2, 2005 and U.S. Patent# 7,767,096-B2, granted on August 3, 2010) is also the President and owner of Samara Enterprises L.L.C. Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S.A.
- Tun Tun Naung (Class of 1979) - Commander of Light Infantry Division (LID) 88 and Former Deputy Commandant of the Defence Services Academy
- Tay Za (Class of 1981) - owner of Air Bagan and Htoo Group of Companies
- Zaw Win Htut (Class of 1981)- singer
- Wai Htun (Class of 1981) - drummer
- Sao Ohn Hseng (Class of 1996) - National Representative in Asian Games & Southeast Asian Games - Swimmer
- Yi Mon Aye (Class of 1997) - scientist (Biochemistry and Cancer Biology): Achieved the highest overall score in British General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (A-levels) in the United Kingdom and was awarded a prize from the Royal Society of Chemistry for achieving top marks in A-level Chemistry. She won a gold medal in the British Council’s first International Student Awards. Yi Mon Aye graduated from the University of Oxford, and received a Ph.D from Harvard University in 2009. She is now a post-doctoral research fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, working on cancer-related areas of biochemistry.
- Suu Myat Soe (Class of 2000) - South East Asian Games Gold Medalist and sailor
- Soung Oo Hlaing (1987) - singer
- Myo Kyawt Myaing (1987) - singer
- Myo Myo and Than Tar Win (son and daughter of Nwe Yin Win) - singers
- Alex (1995) - singer
- Yadanar Khin (Class of 1997) - actress
- Lin Lin (Class of 1999) - Hip-Hop artist
- Soe Moe Min (Class of 1999) - Hip-Hop artist
- Examplez (Class of 2000)
- Phyo Maung Maung - Hip Hop group
- Thet Aung
- Htun Htun
- Htoo Kyaw
- Aung Kaung Htet (Class of 2001) - Rapper
Early in the 2000s, a group of students from TTC formed a Music and Entertainment Group called Myanmar Hip-Hop Association, commonly known as The M.H.A, which changes the whole Music Industry in Myanmar. Base on Hip-Hop Culture, Each of them compose in a various styles of highly aggressive lyrics and more catch-able Music in that era. They also involved in political affairs under Burmese Military Government Regime and some of them got banned for a few years and some even arrested by Local Police Force. Many of them collaborated with other Artists and each other although some of them are from different educational batches.
- Thuta Aye from Cyclone (Class of 2000) - Hip-Hop artist (M.H.A Representative)
- Pyi Thar from Cyclone (Class of 2000) - Hip-Hop artist (M.H.A Representative)
- Sai Lone Kyio Ma Nee San (Class of 2001) - film director (M.H.A Representative)
- Ye Lynn Aung (Bigg-Y) (Class of 2001) - Hip-Hop artist (M.H.A Representative)
- Kaung Chit Soe (Class of 2001) - Hip-Hop artist (M.H.A Representative)
- Khant Zin Ko (J-Me) (Class of 2002) - Hip-Hop artist (M.H.A Representative)
- Chan Aye Win (Class of 2002) - Hip-Hop artist (M.H.A Representative)
- Yan Aung Zaw (G-Tone from Cyclone) (Class of 2003) - Hip Hop artist (M.H.A Representative)
- Sandy Toe Saung (Class of 2002) - ex-Junior Women's Golf Champion (National Level)
- Nyein Chan (Class of 2002) - scientist
- Win Ei Khine (Class of 2002) - founder, managing director and owner of a private pre-school in Yangon
- Kyaw Htut Swe (Class of 2002)  - freelance Rapper under the name "VIP" @ "Aw Jaw Lan (AJL)", also known as "Rapper Pauk-sa Kyaw Htut Swe" 
- Kyaw Phyo Tun (Class of 2002) - rapper under the name "Ah Boy". Nephew of actor Lwin Moe. His record label had produced albums, such as Jouk Jack's solo album, Kyaw Htut Swe's solo album and rock singer Aung La's solo album. He is Director of "Myanmar Lighting IPP Co.Ltd" which produce and distribute the electricity by Gas Turbine Power Plant for Mon State and Ka Yin State of Myanmar.
- Moe Aung Yin (Class of 2003) - actor and son of singer Aung Yin
- Hein Wai Yan [aka. Thura Ko] (Class of 2005) - model and actor
- Nyan Lin Aung (Class of 2005) - singer
- Shwe Yee Phyo Ei (Class of 2005) - model and actress
- Kaizar Tin Mong (Class of 1997)
- Phyu Phyu Kyaw Thein (Class of 1998)
- Pe Thein Retrieved 16 January 2010
- Yi Mon Aye
- Published Works
- Staff List
- TTC School's Unofficial homepage
- Kyaw Htut Swe