He made the announcement during a session of the Amyotha Hluttaw (Upper House) last week.
To receive the certificates, the students need to fulfil criteria such as having comprehensive personal records, participation in literature studies, art and library courses, good discipline, and participation in sports and physical activities, U Myo Thein Gyi added.
The certificate holders will need to complete Level 3 (Basic Education) under the National Qualification Framework (NQF) that reaches up to Level 8.
Previously, a student who passed Level 3 advanced to Level 4 and was eligible to take year-long certificate courses. After Level 4, the student advanced to Level 5 and took diploma and advanced diploma courses that take no more than two years. At Level 6 students, took undergraduate courses.
Under the new education system, a student who passes Level 3 can skip Levels 4 and 5 to attend Level 6, but the student will need to pass the matriculation exam, the minister said.
“Only students who get straight A’s in elementary, middle and high school won’t need to sit for the matriculation exam when they apply for a bachelor’s degree,” he said.
Those who finish Level 6 can advance to Level 7 and Level 8, which are master’s and doctorate classes. – Translated