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No Exams For Students in Namkham

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No Exams For Students in Namkham

Mao Mao reported from the north that primary students in Namkham, a town opposite Yunnan Province, were exempted from entering their final examinations before their summer holidays began.

"Since 15 February, all classes up to Standard Six were closed off without a reason given," said Mao Mao. "Students were told everyone was going to pass nevertheless and that they could start enjoying a 3 month vacation. All the students went home happily and participated in the Third Full Moon Festival held in town."

The Full Moon was on 19 February.

"As for other students, except for those of Standard Ten, who have to go through government examinations, the exams were held on 21 February," Mao Mao continued. "They were told all students who attended private classes organized by the school teachers were guaranteed good marks. They could copy from each other and from the books so long as they didn't make noises."

Private tuition fees for students from Primary to High range from K. 7,000 to 8,000, he said.

There are 1 high school, 2 middle schools and 5 primary schools in Namkham.

Namkham used to be famous for the hospital established by a Dr. Gordon Seagrave, whose son, Sterling, is a well-known author. Its sons and daughters were also prominent in politics. One pre-coup Shan State cabinet was even dubbed the Namkham Government. Khun Tha Aye, the present M.P., Shan Nationalities League for Democracy, is also from Namkham.

"But it is now famous for its casinos and drug trafficking gangs, second only to Muse, a town opposite Ruili and is only 19 miles northeast," Mao Mao dryly added.