Teachers & Classmates

Std. VIIIA (SPHS) in 1961


  • Brother Anthony (Class teacher)
    Taught Mathematics
  • Saya U Sein (Burmese teacher)
    Father of Saya Dr. Soe Win (retired Rector of YUFL)
    Also taught Burmese in Matriculation
  • Brother Felix (Brother Director)
    After nationalization, moved to Germany and passed away there
  • Saya U Nyunt Maung (Arts subjects teacher)
    Also taught Mathematics in Sacred Heart (close to SPHS)
  • Saya Beatson (Science subjects teacher)
    Became a monk
  • Brother Xavier (English teacher)
    Also taufht English in 9th standard
    After nationalization, moved to UK and presumably left the Order.

Dr. Khin Maung U

  • Stood first in Burma in the Matriculation examination in 1963
  • Had perfect scores of 100 in Mathematics and Chemistry and a score of 99 in Physics. Grapevine says that one point was deducted from the initial score.
  • Was selected as “Lu Ye Chun” multiple times.
  • Due to changes in the Education System, he had to do M.Sc. (Med Sc) locally.
    Top students from earlier years studied in UK as State Scholars.
  • His persistence paid off in getting Fellowships from UK and Australia and an MD
  • Retired from FDA (Food and Drug Administration) in the USA.
  • Volunteered as translator/interpreter for dhamma courses and meditation retreats.
  • He wore thick glasses since his younger days.
  • Young KMU can be seen standing from left in the second last row in the photo taken in Std, VIII(A) at SPHS.
  • He can be seen seated in the middle in the Group Photograph of Collegiate Scholarship Winners from SPHS in 1963.

Dr. Min Oo (Kenneth)

  • Stood second in Burma in the Matriculation examination in 1963.
  • Some saw him reading a German book before entering the hall to take the Matriculation examination.
  • Scored distinctions in English, Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry.
  • Chose to study Mathematics at RASU.
  • Saya U Aung Sein (Mathematics) saw Min Oo get out of the Tutorial classes after a few minutes and yet had perfect score.
    He decided to give challenging questions for a Tutorial.
    Min Oo took longer time than the easier Tutorials, but most of the other students could not get a passing grade.
  • A Tuition Saya (now GBNF) challenged his students. “Ask your teachers to solve the problem. I will give you free tuition if you can provide the correct answer.” One student asked Min Oo, who was enjoying a card game.
    Min Oo scribbled the answer during the card game.
    The Tuition Saya was embarrassed and did not give the student a free tuitiona as he had promised.
  • Min Oo attended Tekkatho Lu Ye Chun Camps twice.
  • In the Summer of 1965, he was chosen as Luyechun among second year RASU studnets.
  • In the summer of 1968, he was chosen as a Saya for the Tekkatho Lu Ye Chun camp.
  • As a multiple Tekkatho Lu Ye Chun from IM(1), Dr. Khin Maung U was present at both camps.
    He remembers Min Oo with a cigar trying to look like a Saya.
  • Min Oo received two doctorates in Mathematics from Germany. He taught at McMasters University in Canada. He voluntarily retired in 2015.
  • He was one of the young students in his class.
  • He can be seen sitting far right in the group photo taken in VIII (A) at SPHS.
  • He can also be seen seated left in the Group Photograph of Collegiate Scholarship Winners from SPHS in 1963.

Dr. Myo San (Freddie, GBNF)

  • Stood third in Burma in the Matriculation of 1963.
  • He had mastered phonetics.
    He also had read lots of English books.
  • One would not be surprised that he scored distinctions in English, Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry.
  • He was a little bit older than us, and that might have given him a slight advantage in the early years.
  • He gave me a quiz. “How do you pronounce GHOTI?”
    I gave an answer which he corrected as “FISH”.
    He had read George Bernard Shaw, who posed the quiz as a lesson on the eccentricities of English.
    GH is phonetically equivalent to F as in ROUGH.
    O is phonetically equivalent to I as in WOMAN.
    TI is phonetically equivalent to SH as in ATTENTION.
    Thus, GHOTI is phonetically equivalent to FISH.
  • He became a surgeon, but the stress caused him to take early retirement.
  • Sadly, he passed away.
  • Young Myo San (Freddie) could be seen fifth from the left in the third row in the picture of Std VIII(A) of SPHS. Uzin Aung Chaw (Victor) is next to him.
  • He can also be seen seated right in the Group Photograph of Collegiate Scholarship Winners from SPHS in 1963.

Collegiate Scholarship Holders

In 1963, students attending private schools had to be in the Top Forty to be eligible for Collegiate Scholarship.

SPHS had ten students in the Top Twenty.
One studied Mathematics.
Three studied Engineering and Technology.
Six studied Medicine.
Of them, two have passed away.

  • First : Dr. Khin Maung U (Medical Researcher, FDA, USA)
  • 2nd : Dr. Min Oo (Mathematics Professor, McMasters University, Canada)
  • 3rd : Dr. Myo San (Surgeon, GBNF)
  • 4th : Dr. Nyunt Wai (Physiology Professor in IM, Consultant in Malaysia)
  • 5th: Dr. Thein Wai (Moved to USA)
  • 7th: U Hla Min (Software Engineer, Silicon Valley)
  • 9th: Dr. Aung Kyaw Zaw (Specialist, Base Military Hospital)
  • 11th : U Maung Maung Kyi (Dip. Ing,, Pulp and Paper, Wales, UK)
  • 13th : U Aung Thu Yein (Brownie, EC, Schlumberger, GBNF)
  • 17th: Dr. Khin Maung Zaw (Frank, Retired Medical Doctor, UK)

In the group photo

Seated (L to R) : Min Oo, Khin Maung U, Myo San (GBNF)

Standing (L to R) : Hla Min, Khin Maung Zaw, Nyunt Wai, Thein Wai, Maung Maung Kyi, Aung Thu Yein (GBNF), Aung Kyaw Zaw

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