All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Burmese)

No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.

Article 9:

Those who have the kindness of benefit for others

For the sake of living beings, do not relax their powers.

Though these holy beings bear a heavy burden,

They never put it down and dwell in discouragement.

*the Great Chariot Sutra*

Burma is known as a golden land made of several ranges (or ‘Yoma’ in Burmese) where thousands of tribal memories, wisdoms, religions, cultures and beauties of plants and animals dwell. The rivers, all of them are indeed important to the people and other existences, snake through these beautiful mountainous regions and flow from the north to the south where Indian Ocean is. The peoples, Burma has 103 ethnics, all of them used to be really generous and all they knew was to give.

Since the modern day’s dictators have systematically destroyed, now the golden land is famous for its narcotic trades, refugees, migrant workers and various atrocities and sufferings.

One day, we’ll be free again and the land will be again famous for its beauty.

Is Education Reform A Part of TPP?

The government must prove its reform bill is not directly related to Australia’s TPP agreement. It is good to learn from Greece’s economic woe: Greece sees higher budget surplus but lenders fail to approve forecast - economy. How is Greeks’ woe related to Australia? Government’s reform is not very different from EU austerity over Greece. Cuts don’t make a better economy, and it has been proven by the Greeks. Economy needs some lubrication time and again; it will need adjustments of where to lubricate more or less - depending on the available oil. Saving oil for the sake of saving it will not make the machine run well but can cause different levels of damages to its different parts that needed oil. Oiling the machine is not as expensive as replacing the damaged parts.

Education is the investment Australia should never hesitate, especially now for natural resources are not abundant anymore. This should not be seen that the need for reform is cutting oil from the well-oiled machine how Australia has been. When natural resources are running low, Australia must invest in intellectual resources, human resources and infrastructures, as much as its import and export are restricted toward self-sufficient economy that sustains the society at a reasonable status. But it’s not the time Australia competes with the world, but making own system well-oiled and running smoothly.

Without governmental management and support, intellectual progress cannot be sustained. This clearly explains why higher education must be affordable and must not become a privilege of those who can afford it, and denying those who cannot even if they would have a good potential for Australian society and the world.

The points to ask the government and universities are –
Does Government really want the students from low-income background pay a big fee for education as much as the students from the rich background? Do all students, both who study for low paid jobs and high paid job, to pay the same amount of fee? Is the government is sacrificing the potentials of intelligent youths from low income background?

Probably universities will not charge too much on low paid careers; if this is the case, then it sounds all right. However, the students from low-income background should get a chance in higher education too that they would not have financial burden like in US and Britain from student debt. Although they will have to pay back their debt only when they earn certain amount, they will still have to pay taxes and different bills leading to no saving. They will be forced to spend everything they earn. They will never leave workforce for pleasure, to take a rest, to enjoy life, to explore different aspects of life… unless they earn excessively high, that only a few will do by competing the rich – I’m not against wealthy people btw. This aspect is the system will become a social economic class system, or caste system. This looks like a banking system that controls everyone unfortunately.

At the moment, oil price is very low. Students might have a better chance too hopefully in every aspect of educational life.

Higher-education knockback will kill ‘crucial’ programs – so the responsible people want students to pay for these programs? Everything that are included in the bill is not in the articles to judge the merit of the bill but that article sounds like students are to pay for these programs and TAFE. It is unclear why the governments do not have the money and education is not prioritized over some other things. Funding TAFEs is very good as a part of reform. Making TAFE courses attractive to students is very much acceptable, and students should look into this alternative. Luring students toward TAFEs should not be making higher education too expensive for those who are qualified for it. In fact, universities do want students to choose them and they would take as many students as possible.

If higher education must become expensive, governments must have a program for low-income families to get their kids

Definitely, the governments must prioritise their respected sectors that they are given the authority to manage. A country does need a system that works for everyone from birth to death. The system is also pushing the people to their greatest limits. Managing this system is only for most qualified people. Managing this system is about governing and governing a country is making its social economic progress for everyone. No kid must be left behind, but must be able to reach his/her highest potential. If all available resources are well managed and made to flow well, everyone can have a chance, although the governments do need the people to cooperate some sacrifices. Sharing a society does mean give and take, and everyone must take a position and be productive. Reaching one’s highest potential does not necessarily mean everyone can have a desired job. The governments should know where the jobs are to develop the youths to fill in these positions. A sector does not need overemployment; perhaps, the government might need a program to inform these people if they want to get new training for available jobs. Then the governments will need to encourage these people to desire for different careers. They will definitely need a program for retraining and employment opportunity. Then TAFE education is desirable. Then TAFE courses will be about future employment. Young people and employees who become redundant can rely on TAFE education for available opportunities as such training support them both financially and potential employment. If people have a clearer career outlook, they wouldn’t have problem with time wasting and having impossible dreams. They should be able to make informed decision. Although job outlook is about predicting future jobs, Australia might be able to create such a system for practical prediction.

Governments have to create jobs. People themselves must be able to create jobs. If there are no other jobs, take people into defence or something. Particularly young people can spend some time as soldiers etc. so they can gain organizational experience and understand their country better. New standards for qualification to serve in various governmental organizations can be reformed to suit those young people.

 The whole point of this essay is governments must not create, must not cause a system that is not working for the people. Governments must not have ego forcing it into the system for its ideology’s sake. At the same time, whatever the government does must be for oiling the social economical coherence so the society can maintain its best. For that, no kid is left behind and ignored but supported to reach his/her best potential. Making education less affordable does go against social coherence by creating gaps between those who can afford and cannot afford and keep the kids from low-income family hardly to reach their full potential. It should not be Australian students’ money to fund the  programs and employ the researchers although education comes with a price. The suggestions given here is not that important but only suggestions, and definitely not as a utopian dream. The cuts should be elsewhere rather than on education. 

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