Updated : August 5, 2019
U Myo Min
Saya U Myo Min served as Professor of English at Rangoon University and later as Professor of English at the Institute of Education. He is a co-founder of the “Khit San Sar Pay” along with Theikpan Maung Wa (ICS U Sein Tin), Zawgyi (U Thein Han) and Minthuwun (U Wun). One of his pen names is “Nwe Soe”. He authored the “Archway Reader” series. Saya is the father of Daw Min Thet Mon (Pamela, A70, retired Professor of Architecture), H.E. U Kyaw Myo (Uno) and two doctors (Patricia and Beauty).
[Mr.] Kan Gyi, [Ms.] E. Kan Gyi are Daw Thein Nyunt are some of the early sayas and sayamas who taught English at the University of Rangoon.
U Win Pe (“Mya Zin”), Sao Hso Holm (“Sawbwalay”), and Majorie Law Yone are some of the early First Class Honors in English.
Language of Instruction in Burma
In the colonial days, there were E. H. S. (English High School), where most subjects are taught in English. The Vernacular schools founded by the nationalists taught most subjects in Burmese.
After Independence, some schools teach English from KG while others teach KG from the 5th standard.
The expectations of some examiners of English in the Matriculation examination in the 50’s might have been “unreasonably” high.
It came as a surprise when top students from SPHS (St. Paul’s High School) failed in English in the Matriculation of 1955. There was no moderation. The Brothers had to coax them to redo the Matriculation. Most later completed Masters from prestigious US universities.
There was another surprise in 1959. One student gained three distinctions but failed in English. Instead of taking only English the following year, he repeated all the subjects and again gained three distinctions. He became a doctor and an outstanding professor.
The situation improved over the years.
In 1963, Dr. Khin Maung U (SPHS), Dr. Min Oo (Maths, SPHS), Dr. Myo San (Freddie, SPHS, GBNF), and Kenny Wong (M69, MEHS) gained four distinctions (including English). They placed 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 6th in Burma.
In those days, only a few gained distinction in Burmese.
In 1965, Bernard Khaw (SPHS) placed first in Burma. He scored very high marks (80+) in English.
Our English Teachers
Daw Tinsar Maw-Naing (spouse of Bo Yan Naing) and Daw Khin Kyi Kyi were our English sayamas in I.Sc.(A).
Saya Des Rodgers was the “main” English saya in 2nd B.E. Saya prides himself as a Scrabble Champion, a “Local Talent” star at BBS, an expert on ESL (English as a Specialty Language), and author of two (or more) books. Saya studied in UK and taught in Canada and on-line (for some time).
Saya Sao Kan Gyi (GBNF) wrote with the pen name “Khemarat”.
Saya U Khin (Lucien, now in Taiwan) has dictionaries (Chambers, Jones pronouncing, …) on his desk. He also won Scrabble trophies.
Saya U Win Mra was Burma Pole Vault Champion. He won (or placed) in the “Elvis Presley” contest. He joined the Foreign Service and served as Myanmar Ambassador to the United Nations. He was (and probably is) Chair of the Myanmar Human Rights Commission.
Saya Joe Ba Maung was Burma Tennis Champion in singles and doubles. Saya transferred to Burma Railways. He managed the Sports program of Burma Railways.
Saya U Kyaw Lwin Hla transferred to UNDP.
Sayama Daw Yin Yin Mya (former Beauty Queen) was Head of the Department. She migrated to Australia.
Sayama Daw Sheila Saing was the Deputy Head. She moved to Thailand.
Sayama Daw Khin Saw Tint (Ann) wrote several books in Burmese. Her mother Daw Khin Saw Mu (Burmese), her aunts Daw Khin Mya My (Kyauksar) and Daw Tin Saw Mu (English), and her uncles ICS U Tin Tut (first ICS by invitation), Barrister-at-law U Kyaw Myint (Presiding Judge of Galon U Saw’s trial), Chief Justice U Myint Thein (“MMT”), Vice Chancellor Dr. Htin Aung (Oxford Don and author) are prominent figures in literature and civil administration.
I met Sayama Naw Charity Sein U at SPZP-2012. She retired as Professor and Head of RIT English.
I met Sayama Daw Muriel and Saya U Aung (Alphonso) when they visited Saya U Tin Maung Nyunt (M60) in Milpitas, California.
I first met Sayama Daw Toni when her youngest maternal aunt married my cousin brother U Tin U in May 1957. I met her at several RIT gatherings in Yangon.