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Maung Maung Kyi

Maung Maung Kyi (SPHS 63) is named after his parents U Maung Maung (Medical doctor) and Daw Kyi Kyi.

His siblings are Kyi Kyi Hla, Maung Maung Khant GBNF), Maung Maung Thant (M74), Maung Maung Myint (GBNF), Maung Maung San, Khin Thitsar and Khin Sabai.

Maung Maung Kyi scored the highest marks in Chemistry in the first ever HSF (High School Final) Only examination in 1962. All subjects except English were answered in Burmese.

Our elders entered the University of Rangoon after passing the combined HSF and Matriculation examination. Kamma probably decided that we would not be in the RU Campus on the fateful 7th July, 1962.

In the first ever Matriculation Only examination in 1963, Maung Maung Kyi gained distinctions in Chemistry and Mathematics, and barely missed in Physics. Maung Maung Kyi was a natural in Chemistry. He badly wanted to have distinction in Physics. Sadly, he had to take some time during the Physics test to go to the rest room due to a minor illness. Nevertheless, he stood 13th in the whole of Burma and won the Collegiate Scholarship of 75 Kyats a month.

This time, all subjects except Burmese were answered in English. Kamma probably decided that our batch would be ideal guinea pigs for the ever changing Education Systems.

We studied at Leik Khone College for a few months before the Revolutionary Council & Government shut down most Universities and Colleges except Engineering and Medicine.

Kamma probably decided that we should lose some more precious years of our lives and ended up graduating 2.5 years later than those who were one year senior to us in High School.

Maung Maung Kyi rowed as Bow in out Old Paulian Novice Crew. Myint Soe (Willie Soe Maung, first batch BDS, GBNF) was the Timing Stroke. Kyaw Wynn, a cousin of Saya U Tin Htut, was No. (3). I was No. (2). Myint Thein (SPHS62), brother of U Myo Myint (EC67, RUBC Gold), was our cox. We were awarded Full Green.

No one knew when the Universities would reopen. Taking no chances, Maung Maung Kyi and Kyaw Wynn accepted admission to study Dip Ing in German (then German Democratice Republic).

Upon his return to Burma, Maung Maung Kyi was assigned to projects related to his specialty “Pulp and Paper”. He met his spouse Daw Khin May Than (ChE72), raised a family and later moved to Wales, UK.

Maung Maung Kyi was a Best Man at our Wedding in June, 1973.

We had a mini-reunion a couple of years ago. Thanks to my cousin nephew Dr. Khin Tun (Peter) for driving us up to Ogmore-by-the-sea.

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