Compart System and Sayagyi U Ba Toke

Compart System

  • The Compart System was flexible.
  • There were at least two flavors.

First Type

  • During a period, students at the University of Rangoon attended Inter (A) for a year, but they did not have to take the examination.
  • They attended Inter (B) for a year.
  • They then took the examination for both courses.

Second Type

  • For a class (e.g. Inter (B)), a student has two chances to pass, because there was a “main” examination and a “supplementary” examination.
  • The first examination was usually held in March. Those who pass all subjects are eligible to apply for stipends and grants.
  • Those who pass the minimum (e.g. three subjects) have to re-take the remaining subjects in the supplementary examination, which was usually held in June.

Sayagyi U Ba Toke

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Effect of Compart System

  • Saya joined the Student Strike and missed the main examination.
  • Took all subjects in the supplementary examination and passed.
  • Wanted to study engineering at the University of Rangoon, but he would need stipend or grant.
    Since he missed the main examination, he was not eligible to apply for stipend or grant.
  • His teachers persuaded him to study Mathematics in Mandalay University.
  • Received his Masters (thanks to his mentor) during the War.
  • Joined the University of Rangoon.
    Taught Mathematics to the engineering students.
  • Served as Professor of Mathematics at RASU before being promoted to Rector at MASU.
  • After a few years, he voluntarily asked to be transferred as Professor of Mathematics at RIT.

Life Journey

  • U Maung Maung Than (M79) donated a round-trip ticket for a saya from Myanmar to attend SPZP-2000.
    Several sayas and alumni sponsored Saya to attend SPZP-2000.
  • Saya is a Phwa Bet Taw of “University of Rangoon” and the “First RU Students’ Strike” in December 1920.
  • His life journey can be read in the book by Maung Thin Char (Saya Dr. Khin Maung Swe).

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