First ever HSF Only Exam
- Most RIT 69ers took the first ever High School Final Only examination in 1962.
- They lost one precious year of their lives as guinea pigs of the frequently changing Education System.
- Those from Rangoon took the HSF examination with the security troops roaming the city after the Coup d’etat on March 2, 1962.
- They later learned that the examination was annulled. They had to retake the HSF in August 1962.
- There were two dark days in the History of Rangoon University
July 7, 1962 and
July 8, 1962.
First Matric Only Exam and last I.Sc.(A) Exam
- The 69ers took the first ever Matriculation Only in 1963.
- They attended the last ever I.Sc.(A) classes at Leik Khone and other Intermediate Colleges.
- There were protests in July 1963 to commemorate the anniversary of 7th July 1962 and 8th July 1962.
- The higher authorities closed most schools (except the Faculty of Medicine and Engineering).
- Those who were one year senior to us in High School graduated 2.5 years ahead of us from RIT.
New Education System
- In November 1964, the New Education System was established with “autonomous” Institutes such as RIT and IM(1).
- The controversial Intelligence Level Aggregate (ILA) system was used for the admission to the Institutes.
- During the closure of the schools, some friends applied for scholarships to study mostly in socialist countries.
Three Batches admitted to RIT in 1964
Three batches of students were admitted to RIT in November, 1964.
Class of 70 (1st BE Intake of 64)
- 460+ Matriculates were admitted to the first ever 1st BE.
Ko Zaw Min was Roll Number One. Ko Cho Aye (GBNF),
Ko Peter Pe (GBNF) and Ko Thaung Sein (Steeve Kay, Multiple Golden Sponsor) were among the top students.
- Ko Win Thein and Ko Win Aung were some of the High School Luyechuns.
Saw Maung Maung Htwe was a Multiple-sports athlete.
Sai Thein Maung was RIT goalkeeper for six years, and a Track and Field champion.
Some of their stories have been told in the “Combined 1st BE Intake of 64 and 65” booklets and the commemorative Golden Jubilee (of the New Education System) issue by Ko Zaw Min, Ko Ohn Khine, Ko Soe Aung, Ko Zaw Win, Ma Than Yi, Rosie Tin Maung …
Class of 69 (2nd BE Intake of 64)
- 300+ students who had completed their I.Sc.(A) were admitted to the first ever 2nd BE.
I was Roll Number One.
Ko Tin Tun, Kenny Wong, Ko Taing Oke, Ko Tun Aung Gyaw were among the top students.
One female student chose to transfer to RASU and later received her Ph.D.
- Most chose to study Civil, Mechanical and Electrical. There were 20 (or less) in some majors.
- After graduation, several joined the Faculty and some retired as Deputy Minister, Professors, Associate Professors and Lecturers.
- Some worked for the Industry in Burma and later overseas. Some did private businesses.
- Ko Khin Maung Nyo was an early GBNF.
- Ko Han Sein and I were Tone Kyaw.
- Around 1997, an idea was floated to have a Reunion in 1999, and to have subsequent mini-gatherings as much as possible.
- At one time, the Class of 69 had a median age of 69 and the GBNF list close to 69.
The symmetry has been broken.
Old age and sickness had taken over.
Even the optimistic organizers have a feeling that the Golden Jubilee of Graduation in December 14, 2019 will be the last one for most of us.
- Except for an elite few (including “Bu” and Ko Nyi Hla Nge), most alumni have extended family members (including adorable “Myees”) and are enjoying quality time with them.
- Some are sayadaws practicing and spreading the dhamma.
- Some are Mike Khe’s (Pho So Chin) in Burma and beyond.
Class of 68 (3rd BE Intake of 64)
- About 200 students who completed their I.Sc.(B) were admitted to the first ever 3rd BE. In the old system, their class would be called “First of Engineering”.
- Saya U Myat Htoo (C68) is a founding member of RIT Alumni International and NorCal .
- U Tun Aung (Jeffrey, EC68), U Aung Khin (EP68) and U Min Maung (EP68) attended SPZP-2000.
- Except for occasional messages (e.g. sad news), I have not had feedback from the Class of 68.
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