Practising School Yangon Institute of Education

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Coordinates: 16°49′4″N 96°8′4″E / 16.81778°N 96.13444°E / 16.81778; 96.13444

TTC Yangon, Kamayut
ပညာရေးတက္ကသိုလ် လေ့ကျင့်ရေးကျောင်း
Practising School Yangon Institute of Education.svg
Location
Kamayut, Yangon, Myanmar
Information
Type Comprehensive school
Motto "All for All"
Established 1931
Rector Dr. Lwin Lwin Soe
Principal Dr. Moe Thu
Staff 160
Number of students 8420
Campus Kamayut campus, Hlaing campus

The "Practising High School, Yangon Institute of Education", now, "Practising High School, Yangon University of Education" (Burmese: ပညာရေးတက္ကသိုလ် လေ့ကျင့်ရေးကျောင်း; abbreviated TTC Yangon) is a high school in Yangon, Myanmar. 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 the 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.

History[edit]

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[edit]

Kamayut Campus

The Yangon University 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 the 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 different to 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.

Kamayut campus is bordered by three universities: the University of Medicine-1, Yangon, the University of Education, and the University of Distant Education, sharing the same main street, Thaton Street.

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.

Student body[edit]

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 Par Sae" *_ကျန်းမာရွင်လန်းပါစေ ဆရာ/ဆရာမ_* - (good health to you) to the teachers. This is a tradition to show respect to the teachers.

Uniform[edit]

Students wear uniform. 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.

School badge[edit]

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.

Boys uniform[edit]

  • 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.

Girls uniform[edit]

  • 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.

Accomplishments[edit]

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.

Students have won medals in "Myanmar Traditional and Cultural Performing Arts Competition" (So-Ka-Yay-Tee) and won painting competitions.

Renovations[edit]

TTC relied on already existing buildings for much of its existence. Much of these buildings were on loan from the Yangon University 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.

Facilities[edit]

Pyay Campus

  • 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.
Typical football match

Hlaing Campus

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.

Principals (Headmasters/Headmistresses)[edit]

  • ??? (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 Aung (1997–2004)
  • U Myo Win (2004–2007)
  • Dr. Nandar Htun (2007–2010)
  • Dr. Win Min Latt (2010–2011)
  • Dr. Myint Myint San (2011 – 2017)
  • Dr.Moe Thu (2017-present)

Alumni[edit]

  • 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.[1]
  • Tun Tun Naung (Class of 1979) - Commander of Yangon Military Region Command 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
  • Su Myat Soe (Class of 2000) - South East Asian Games Gold Medalist and sailor
  • Saung 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
  • Yadana Khin (Class of 1997) - actress
  • Kyaw Htut Swe (Class of 2002) [2] - freelance Rapper under the name "VIP" @ "Aw Jaw Lan (AJL)", also known as "Rapper Pauk-sa Kyaw Htut Swe" [3]
  • Kyaw Phyo Tun (Class of 2002) - rapper under the name "Ah Boy". Nephew of actor Lwin Moe.
  • 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
  • Kaizar Tin Mong (Class of 1997)
  • Phyu Phyu Kyaw Thein (Class of 1998)

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