Except for a few years during the Second World War, there have been Matriculation examinations.
Two early Matriculates
U Kyaw Myint (Bar-at-law) stood First in Burma with distinction in all subjects. He matriculated from “Government High School”.
Justice of Supreme Court, Head of Tribunal that tried Galon U Saw, Dean of Law
(See posts by Dr. Thane Oke Kyaw Myint)
U Ba Khin (Vipassana Teacher, Auditor General, SPHS) stood First in Burma.
Lineage of Ledi Sayadaw
Matriculation (1951 – 1965)
I had posted early versions of this post in “RIT Alumni International Newsletter” and in the “RU Centennial Facebook Group”.
This version is made possible by the sayas and alumni who provided feedback (corrections and additional information).
- Thit Yine
mentioned that Boon Chiong (Dr. Hla Shwe, Yegyaw Methodist) stood First in Burma in the Matriculation of 1953.
- Several Peterites provided the names of the Top Three Peterites in the Matriculation of 1956.
- Sayama Daw Tin Tin Maw (MEHS57)
At the Hta Pa Na Peik Ceremony at Sae Taw Win 2 Dhamma Center in Sebastapol, California, she told me that her elder sister Lily Hwang (MEHS55) stood First in Burma in the Matriculation of 1955.
- Sayama Daw May Saw Lwin (MEHS57)
mentioned that Dr. Htin Kyaw (Sacred Heart57) stood first and that his elder twin brother Dr. Htin Aung (Sacred Heart57, GBNF) stood sixth in the Matriculation of 1957. Nellie Liu (MEHS57) stood Second.
- Dr. Tin Wa (SPHS57)
added the names of the four top Matriculates in 1959 led by his younger brother Dr. Frankie Ohn
- Saya Dr. Soe Win (SPHS58)
mentioned that Daw Myint Myint Tin (Pearl Ba Tin, MEHS58) stood Third in the Matriculation of 1958.
- Dr. Thane Oke Kyaw Myint (SPHS60)
mentioned several top students in the Matriculation of 1960.
- Dr. Swe Khin Tun
mentioned that her father Dr. Khin Tun (St. John’s Diocesan) stood 12th in the Matriculation of 1963.
- Dr. Aung Win and Dr. Min Lwin (both SPHS64)
mentioned the use of raw marks and ILA in the Matriculation of 1964.
- Dr. Kyaw Min (SPHS65)
mentioned that Austin Sein Maung (SPHS65) and Freddie San Shwe (SPHS65) stood 2nd and 3rd after Bernard Khaw (SPHS65) in the Matriculation of 1965.
- MEHS : Methodist English High School
- SH : SacredHeart
- SJC :St. John’s Convent
- SJDBHS : St. John’s Diocesan Boys’ high School
- SPHS : St. Paul’s High School
- SPM : St. Peter’s High School, Mandalay
- TTC : Teachers’ Training College Practicing School
- YM : Yegyaw Methodist
George Chapman (SPHS) : First in Burma
Dr. Nyunt Tin (SPHS) : First in Burma / FRCP / GBNF
Dr. Myo Tint (TTC) : Third / MBBS / Retired MS of Workers‘ Hospital
Dr. Hla Shwe (Boon Chiong, YM) : First in Burma / Physics / Moved to USA
U Ohn Khin (YM) : Second
Koon Yin Chu (Phillip Chu, SPHS) : First / Architect / Moved to USA
Dr. Tin Myo Than (TTC) : Second / Psychiatrist / GBNF
Lily Hwang (MEHS) : First in Burma
Ye Myint (SPM) : First in Burma
Thaung Tin (SPM) : Second
Khin Maung Than (SPM) : Joint Third
Dr. Than Myint (SPHS) : Joint Third / Physics Honors / moved to USA
Dr. Htin Kyaw (Hein Kyu, SH) : First in Burma / Physics Honors
Dr. Nellie Liu (MEHS) : Second
Dr. Htin Aung (Hein Pu, SH) : Sixth / Physics Honors / GBNF
Dr. Soe Win (SPHS) : First in Burma / Chemistry Honors / Retired Rector of YUFL
Robert Sein (SPHS) : Second / Physics Honors
Myint Myint Tin (Pearl Ba Tin, MEHS) : Third
Dr. Hla Ngwe Tin (Frankie Ohn, SPHS) : First in Burma/ Physics Honors
Dr. Shewan Lee (SPHS) : Second / Chemistry / California Institute of Technology
Dr. Than Nwe Aung (SPHS) : Third / MBBS
“Rocky” Koon Yin Chu’s younger brother : Tie 4th / Doctor
Oo Oo Tha : Tie 4th / Mathematics Honors / well known tuition teacher
Austin Kyan (MEHS) : First in Burma
Dr. Nyan Win : Second
Arthur Hla Maung : Third / GBNF
Marie Nyun : Fourth
Indian lady : Fifth
Dr. Thane Oke Kyaw Myint (SPHS) : Sixth / Retired from UN
Lina Ong (MEHS) : First in Burma
Dr. Robin Ban (Kyaw Win, SPHS) : Second
In the previous years, the combined High School Final and Matriculation examination was held.
Due to changes in the Education system, the following students had to take the first ever High School Final ONLY examination in 1962.
Dr. Khin Maung U (SPHS) : First in Burma / MD / Retired from FDA
Dr. Min Oo (SPHS) : Second / Retired Mathematics Professor from Canada
Dr. Myo San (Freddie Ba San) : Third / GBNF
Dr. Nyunt Wai (Victor Nyunt) : Fourth / Retired after teaching in Malaysia
Dr. Thein Wai (SPHS) : Fifth / Moved to USA
Kenny Wong (MEHS) : Sixth / Mechanical / Moved to USA
Hla Min (SPHS) : Seventh / Computer Science
Dr. Winnie Aung (Branch Convent) : Eighth
Dr. Johnny Maung Maung (Aung Kyaw Zaw, SPHS) : Ninth
Maung Maung Kyi (SPHS) : Eleventh / Chemical / Moved to Wales, UK
Dr. Khin Tun (SJDBS – St. John’s Diocesan) : Twelfth
Aung Thu Yein (Brownie Way, SPHS) : Thirteenth / Electrical / GBNF
Dr. Frank Gale (Khin Maung Zaw, SPHS) : Seventeenth / Moved to UK
Dr. Cherry Hlaing (St. John’s Convent) : First in Burma
Dr. Lyn Aung Thet (MEHS) : Lost tie breaker with ILA / Moved to USA
Dr. Aung Win Chiong (SPHS) : Third (in raw marks) / Moved to USA
Indian Lady : Fourth
Dr. Min Lwin (Maurice Hla Kyi, SPHS) : Fifth (in raw marks) / Practice in UK and Myanmar
Bernard Khaw (SPHS) : First in Burma / Moved to USA
Maung Aye (SPHS, younger twin) : Second / Both twins completed Doctorate in the USA
Winston Sein Maung (SPHS) : Third/ GBNF
Dr. Yi Thwe (Edwin Ba Hein, SPHS) : Admitted to MC as Roll No (1) / Specialist Doctor in the UK
Dr. Freddie San Shwe (Paing Soe, SPHS) :Admitted to MC as Roll No (2) / Retired Deputy Minister of Health
Family of First in Burma
Four Generations and Five Members (headed by U Hoke Sein) stood First in Burma (which is literally unbeatable).
U Hoke Sein (Compiler of Pali-English-Burmese Dictionary)
Son : U Saw Hlaing
Grand daughter : Dr. Cherry Hlaing
Two Great Grand Children