For archive (Updated on February 26, 2019)
There used be a combined HSF and Matriculation examination. We became the Guinea Pigs for the ever changing Education System in Burma with the introduction of HSF Only examination in 1962. We lost one year because we had to take Matriculation Only examination in 1963 before we could apply for I.Sc.(A) class at the University of Rangoon. We became somewhat proficient in translation, because we answered the HSF Only examination in Burmese (except for English) and the Matriculation Only examination in English (except for Burmese).
Yupa Beda in HSF
We took “Yupa Beda” in the first ever HSF Only examination in 1962. Ko Chu Pu Thein scored the highest marks in Physics. After matriculation, he left to study in Europe (probably Italy) because he could not apply for the professional courses due to the 3 NRC rule.
Physics in Matric
We took Physics in the first ever Matriculation Only examination in 1963. Dr. Khin Maung U scored “only” 99. Grapevine says that the examiners reluctantly took away a point from his perfect score. He stood First in Burma scoring 299/300 in Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics. He recently retired from FDA.
We lost one year in the process, but learned some “Translation”.
The following Paulians, who stood in the Top Three in their Matriculation classes, chose to pursue Physics Honors (and beyond).
- Dr. Than Myint (Harry Wang, SPHS56) joint Third in Burma
- Robert Sein (SPHS58), Second in Burma
- Dr. Frankie Ohn (Hla Tin Ngwe, SPHS59), First in Burma
Dr. Maung Maung Kha studied in UK for his Ph.D. in [Meteorological] Physics. He worked for a while in Meteorology Department and joined Physics Department of Rangoon University. Saya served as Professor and later Rector. Saya is a Patron of the RU Ah Nu Pyinnya Ah Thin. He is a violinist. He accompanied Saya U Ba Kyi to sing “Only Two Darling” (rendition of “Hna Yauk Hte Nay Chin Hte” in English). Saya attended RUBC Regattas and handed over Trophies (during my tenure at RUBC as Treasurer, Vice Captain and emcee/announcer). His family members and former colleagues and students (Saya U Oo Khin Maung, Sayama Daw Thida, …) celebrated Saya Kha’s Centennial with fund raising concerts and commemorative magazine.
U San Tha Aung
Saya U San Tha Aung is a Harvard alumni. Saya served as Director of Higher Education. Saya passed away after returning from an inspection tour. The two Sayas wrote Physics Texts in Burmese and English for use in High School.
Scholars to US
Dr. Hla Shwe (Boon Chiong), Dr. Tin Maung and Dr. Tin Aung studied in US for their doctorates.
Saya Dr. Tin Aung taught the longest at RU and served as Professor. Saya was elected “in absentia” as a Patron of the “Saya’s Association” during 8-8-88 movement. Saya was in an education mission to US at that time. Upon his return, Saya was “asked to retire” by the higher authorities.
Scholars to UK
In the late 60’s, several Engineering sayas (e.g. U Thein Tan) and Physics sayas (e.g. U Tin Htet Sein) were selected to study in the Soviet Nation and other East Bloc nations. They were not in high spirits. They were surprised to learn that they would eventually study in UK. Grapevine says that four Burmese state scholars in GDR (German Democratic Republic, then East Germany) led protests in front of the Burmese Embassy denouncing BSPP and the government. The higher authorities were alarmed and probably concluded that it was safer to send scholars to UK. According to Saya U Thein Tan, there were other reasons.
My Physics teachers include Min Than Thaung (Maurice Tun Thaung, RUBC Gold), Daw Khin Khin Su [in I.Sc.(A)], and Daw Nyein, Daw May Than Nwe (Joyce) [in 2nd BE].
U Thein Aung (Micky Tan, SPHS59, RUBC Gold) recruited students and sayas (including the twins Dr. Htin Kyaw & Dr. Htin Aung) to join RUBC.
U Kyaw Myint (Director, DHE) was a fellow Guest Speaker at the Ngapali Luyechun Camp in the mid 80s.
U Saw Hlaing, U Kin Sein, Min Than Thaung … and several sayas transferred to the administrative positions user the Ministry of Education.
Min Than Thaung retired as Rector, University of Distance Learning.
U Hlwan Moe, U Tha Hlaing … succeeded Sayama Daw Nyein as Head of RIT Physics.