Exam crackdown to intensify

May 12th, 2015 , The Phnom Penh Post

Students hoping to see the Ministry of Education lighten up after last year’s crackdown on high school exit exam cheaters are in for a rude awakening, according to officials, who say that penalties this year will likely include real jail time. …

Last year, the Education Ministry’s clampdown on cheating during the national exam saw the passing rate plummet from 87 per cent in 2013 to a disastrous 25 per cent.

Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron yesterday said his ministry plans to answer the prime minister’s call by continuing to follow the same procedures as last year’s exit exams but delivering tighter punishments against employees and civilians who take bribes or reproduce test answers.​ …

Chhay Channyda and Sarah Taguiam
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/exam-crackdown-intensify

Ministry set to resume university assessments

May 8th, 2015 , The Cambodia Daily

The Education Ministry will resume inspections of universities next month following a complete overhaul of the government’s higher-education accreditation body, with initial plans for experts to assess the country’s top 10 universities before expanding the initiative, the education minister said Thursday. …

Maria Paula Brito
http://https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/ministry-set-to-resume-university-assessments-83393/

UN Millennium Goal for education remains elusive

April 1st, 2015 , VOA Khmer

Cambodia has made some progress in improving its education system in line with its 2015 UN Millennium Goals, but dropout rates remain high, due to endemic poverty and corruption.

Universal literacy and 9th-grade education were the second-highest goal in the development plan, whose progress Cambodia will report to the UN General Assembly in New York in September. …

Men Kimseng
http://bit.ly/1EHV8Go

Cambodian lawmakers, educators discuss reform measures for educational system

March 31st, 2015 , The Cambodia Herald
Approximately 200 lawmakers, educators and civil society and development partner representatives met here on Tuesday to discuss reform measures to improve educational system in Cambodia. …
Hang Chuon Naron said Cambodia now has more than 7,000 primary schools with about 2 million students, 5,750 secondary schools with 900,000 students, and over 100 tertiary schools with 100,000 students. “Cambodia has attained great achievements in developing education sector,”he said. “Currently, 98 percent of the parents send their children to school.”

The Cambodia Herald​ News Staff
http://bit.ly/1Cscxiv

Poor governance at root of Cambodia’s education problems, expert says

March 26th, 2015 , VOA Khmer

Poor governance and uneven distribution of wealth to rural communities are both behind Cambodia’s poor record of girls’ education, an expert says.

Despite the country’s high economic growth rate in recent years, few opportunities are available in rural areas, which leads to girls dropping out of school to help earn money in impoverished families, said Ok Sorei Sopheak, a specialist in good governance.​ …

Men Kimseng
http://bit.ly/1OCjX9t

Cambodians hopeful on girls’ education after Obama visit

March 23rd, 2015 , VOA Khmer

Phorn Chan Bonavy is a 6th grader at Kesaraream Elementary School in Siem Reap, where First Lady Michelle Obama just completed a three-day visit—the first sitting first lady to do so. …

However, she seems determined to complete school, even though that will require she help her family. “If I have to help my parents, I would work and study at the same time,” she said. …

Say Mony
http://www.voacambodia.com/content/article/2690544.html

Obama leaves with words of encouragement for girls

March 23rd, 2015 , VOA Khmer

Following First Lady Michelle Obama’s three-day visit to Cambodia to promote her “Let Girl Learn” initiative, Cambodian officials say they hope for positive changes in girls’ education. …

Cambodia has nearly 1.5 million female students studying at primary and high schools, he said. But only 42 percent go on to obtain bachelor’s degrees, 24 percent get master’s and 5 percent go on to get doctorates. …

Neou Vannarin
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Teachers push ministry over nixed scholarship

March 3rd, 2015 , The Phnom Penh Post

More than 400 teachers who took part in an eight-month teaching course at the National Institute of Education (NIE) are demanding the government pay them scholarship funds that were initially promised only to be later axed over cost concerns.

In a petition sent yesterday to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MEYS), 461 primary school teachers who took part in the 2013-14 academic year program decried the Ministry of Economy and Finance’s (MEF) decision to pull the plug on the $20-a-month scholarship, just two months into the eight-month duration. …

Sen David and Sarah Taguiam
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/teachers-push-ministry-over-nixed-scholarship

Teachers to get wage hike

March 3rd, 2015 , The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia’s lowest paid high-school and primary-school teachers will receive a $25 increase to their base monthly salary by the end of May, the government revealed on Monday.

Prime Minister Hun Sen announced the raise at the opening of the National Literacy Campaign on Monday and reiterated his pledge to establish a base teacher salary of $250 by 2018. …

Education Minister Hang Chhuon Naron confirmed after the premier’s speech that the initial raise from $137 to $162 would come into effect by the end of May, adding that it had been agreed upon in September but only just publicly announced now. …

Tat Oudom
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/teachers-get-wage-hike