- Classmates are generally of the same age, but sometimes there may be a huge difference.
- In some universities, young talented students (12 – 16 years young) graduate.
- Some systems have age penalties.
- Saya Dr. Hla Aung (C58) had to wait one year to enter the University of Rangoon because he was under age.
- Some who wanted to transfer SPHS (St. Paul’s High School) from another school had to re-do some classes.
They became the “older” members of their class.
- Some complete the High School Curriculum at a Chinese School.
They may then decide not to pursue the university studies in China. They join the mainstream schools and usually become the “older” members of their class.
- A few decide to work for a couple of years after Matriculation (usually as a teacher). They join the University and become the “older” members of their class.
- There were some “Kyaung Pyaws”.
They enjoy their university life so much that they try to stay as long as possible.
Some repeat every class.
When Saya U Soe Paing returned from the USA after completing his BSEE and MSEE, he had to teach a former classmates (who was a “Kyaung Pyaw”).
[Per Dr. Thane Oke Kyaw Myint] : During the good times of having factions of students for student “politics”, tatoo [“Tat Oo”] and yegaung [“Ye Gaung”], some students either defer or deliberately fail exams so that they could stay in as university students. Some take BL (Bachelor of Law) and Diploma classes so that they can continue as EC (Executive Committee) members in the student associations.