Saya U Myo Min

  • Saya served as Professor of English at Rangoon University and later as Professor of English at the Institute of Education.
  • Supporter of the “Khit San Sar Pay” (co-founded by Theikpan Maung Wa / ICS U Sein Tin, Zawgyi / U Thein Han and Minthuwun / U Wun).
  • Pen name : Nwe Soe
  • Authored the “Archway Reader” series
  • Children : Dr. Patricia, Pamela / Min Thet Mon, Uno / Kyaw Myo and Dr. Beauty

Early English Sayas at RU

  • Dr. Ba Maw
  • [Mr.] Kan Gyi
  • [Ms.] E. Kan Gyi
  • Daw Thein Nyunt
  • Maggie Chin Cheng
  • Daw Tin Saw Mu
  • Daw Tinsa Maw-Naing

Early Honors Students

  • U Win Pe (“Mya Zin”)
  • Sao Hso Holm (“Sawbwalay”)
  • 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 English from the 5th standard.

High Expectation

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.

1963 – 1965

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 1964, Dr. Lyn Aung Thet (MEHS) gained four distinctions (including English) and tied for raw total score with Dr. Cherry Hlaing (SJC). Due to a perfect ILA, Dr. Cherry Hlaing was declared First in Burma (for combined total score and ILA).

In 1965, Bernard Khaw (SPHS) placed first in Burma. He scored very high marks (80+) in English. Due to the 3 NRC rule, he could not apply for professional institutes. He moved to North America (USA and Canada).

My English Teachers at SPHS

  • Brother Austin (Std X A)
    mainly used the Carrot
  • Brother Xavier (Std IX A and Std VIII A)
    mainly used the Stick
  • Ms Amelia Kyi (Miss Hong Kong, Std VII D and Std VI D)
    used the Carrot and the Stick
  • Mrs. Violet Boudville (Class teacher for Std. V D)
    taught all subjects except Burmese
  • Ms. A Benjamin (Class teacher for Std. IV D)
    taught all subjects except Burmese
  • Relieving Sayas include Saya Lewis, Saya Chapman, Saya Tims

My English Teachers at Rangoon University

Daw Tinsar Maw-Naing (spouse of Bo Yan Naing, daughter of Dr. Ba Maw) and Daw Khin Kyi Kyi were our English sayamas in I.Sc.(A).

My English Teachers at RIT

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) had dictionaries (Chambers, Jones pronouncing, …) for use in officiating Scrabble games. 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 retired as Myanmar Ambassador to the United Nations. He was (and probably is) Chair of the Myanmar Human Rights Commission.

Saya Joe Ba Maung (GBNF) was Burma Tennis Champion in Men’s Singles, Men’s Doubles (with U Than Lwin) and Mixed Doubles (with Sayama Ruby Kha). He 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 (Terry, 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 Mu (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.

Met Sayama Naw Charity Sein U at SPZP-2012. She retired as Professor and Head of RIT English.

Met Sayama Daw Muriel and Saya U Aung (Alphonso) when they visited Saya U Tin Maung Nyunt (M60) in Milpitas, California.

First met Sayama Daw Toni when her youngest maternal aunt Dr. Daw Khin Kyi Nyunt (Cherry Tin Gyi, GBNF) married my cousin brother U Tin U in May 1957. I met her at several RIT gatherings in Yangon, and at the Services of Dr. Khin Kyi Nyunt.

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Sayama Toni

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