Ethical challenges for teacher educators in Myanmar due to the February 2021 coup

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On 1 February 2021, a junta launched a coup against the civilian government in Myanmar, causing strong backlash against the coup among civilians and leading the junta to suppress those who protested in an extremely aggressive way. While the citizens, including teachers, teacher educators, and student teachers, have participated in the civil disobedience movement, they have not achieved civilian sovereignty. The revival of the junta’s rule has imposed serious ethical challenges on teacher educators in Myanmar. This think piece will be a discussion of the following challenges based on the available literature: the purpose and direction of teacher education, the security of student teachers and the prospects of the teaching profession. The international fraternity of teacher educators should show solidarity by collectively thinking about these grave challenges.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-212
Number of pages8
JournalPower and Education
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • 2021 coup
  • civil disobedience movement
  • Generation Z
  • Myanmar
  • teacher educator

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