According to official figures, Myanmar has:
- 352,584 million kyat budget (4.42%) for the education sector
- 40,000 schools
- 64 Colleges, Regional Colleges and Universities (High Education)
- Over 40,000 schools (Basic Education)
- 97 Universities, Regional Colleges and Technical Institutes (under 12 government ministries)
- Over 8 million students
- 274,000 registered school teachers
Month expenses from government-run school can range from 10,000 to 50,000 kyat, with the amount covering fees for school registration, books and stationary, sports, the library and a school fund (Irrawaddy, 20011).
Primary Education is often offered free of charge, usually by monasteries. There are:
- 2,500 monastic schools
- 200,000 students (16%) are studying at monastic schools
There were 1431 registered monastic schools in 252 townships in the 2010-11 academic year teaching the state curriculum to about 215,000 students. Of these, 176,000 are primary level students.
- Irrawaddy, 2011, Monastic Education the Only Option for Burma's Poor, 29 September 2011.