Burma Times Correspondent: July 17, 2015
Students in Maungdaw high school have been separated by religious affiliation following the collapse of the classroom roof.
In the past few days, heavy rain has destroyed the roof of the class ten room. When the roof started leaking, all the Buddhist students were moved to another more secure room. But the Rohingya Muslim students are still in the old room under the broken roof.
Students say they have to do their classes often under the heavy rain and the remaining portion of the roof can collapse anytime.
The head teacher however said that locals will get preferential treatment over ‘foreigners’.
Rohingya students have also been warned not to cross the boundaries of the school in the break time though Buddhist students have no such restrictions.
Students say before the 2012 riots, there was easy going relationship between the children of the two communities. But since then, they have been segregated along religious and ethnic lines. Buddhist children speaking to the Rohingyas are reprimanded by higher authorities.