Ministry simplifies teacher salary payments

September 11th, 2014 , The Cambodia Daily

Teachers will receive their base salaries and additional benefits in a single package starting later this month, in an effort to simplify the payment process and avoid confusion, Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron said Wednesday.

Health, risk and rural bonuses will all be folded into teachers’ base salaries, Mr. Chuon Naron said, declining to say exactly when the new policy will take effect. …

Eang Mengleng

Civil society, tech team up

September 9th, 2014 , The Phnom Penh Post

With security footage of elephants, clouded leopards and other wildlife caught on hidden cameras in Cambodia’s Eastern Plains flashing on a TV screen, Toby Eastoe of Conservation International noted that their cameras also catch other activity. …

Presenters ranging from anti-corruption advocates to health service workers exhibited technology they are using or developing in their efforts. …

Sean Teehan

Education minister called to National Assembly

September 8th, 2014 , The Cambodia Daily

For the first time since opposition CNRP lawmakers joined the National Assembly last month, they have called a government minister to answer questions before parliament, according to officials from the government and opposition.

Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron will attend a session of parliament on September 17 to answer questions about his sweeping reforms of the school system, according to his cabinet chief, Ros Salin. …

Hay Pisey

Report calls for foreign teacher trainers, higher salaries

August 27th, 2014 , The Cambodia Daily

Cambodia must significantly increase teachers’ salaries and import the best teacher trainers from abroad in order to combat a continuously widening gap between the skills employers are looking for and those the country’s graduates are able to provide, a new report says.

Facing the worst student-teacher ratio in the world outside of Africa, Cambodia needs more and better-qualified teachers to overcome both low enrollment and poor education in the country, says Srinivasa Madhur, research director at the Cambodia Development Resource Institute, in a report released by the organization Tuesday. …

Zsombor Peter

Campaign promotes free textbooks for students

August 26th, 2014 , The Cambodia Daily

Two NGOs on Monday launched an online campaign to galvanize public support for providing students with free textbooks after a survey found that 85 percent of high-school pupils lack the necessary books for their studies.

The Khmer Institute for National Development (KIND) and the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific (ANSA-EAP) on Monday commenced a 30-day Facebook drive to draw attention to the need for study aids and to lobby the government to increase the Ministry of Education’s budget for textbooks.

In a joint press release to announce the campaign, KIND and ANSA-EAP said they surveyed nearly 500 pupils last year at 33 high schools in Phnom Penh and three provinces—Kompong Cham, Kompong Speu and Kampot—and found that 85 percent of the students did not have the textbooks they needed to properly prepare for their exams. …

Khy Sovuthy

Hun Sen announces raises for teachers, nurses

August 22nd, 2014 , The Cambodia Daily

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday announced a three-stage plan to raise the salaries of civil servants working under the Education and Health ministries, with the first increase to come in September.

Speaking to graduating students at Beltei University in Phnom Penh, Mr. Hun Sen said that the minimum monthly wage for teachers would be raised from about $105 to about $138 by April next year. …

Khy Sovuthy

Flooding delays school term across country

August 18th, 2014 , The Cambodia Daily

The start of the school year has been delayed for a month due to flooding that has affected many of the country’s schools this month, the Ministry of Education said Sunday.

Ros Salin, spokesman and cabinet chief for the ministry, said that the school year will begin on November 1 rather than October 1 as originally planned. …

Ouch Sony

Poor education poses future risk for Cambodia

August 13th, 2014 , The Cambodia Herald

The Minister of Education, Hang Choun Naron, has officially announced on Monday that the second exam for 12th graders who fail this year exam will take place either at the end of September or early October. The announcement came after the Minister was reported that the percentage of high school students passing the recent exam would be low.

Naron said that scores for social science are relatively high whereas those for natural science are the opposite. Therefore, if numbers of those failing the exam are too high, re-exam will be arranged at the end of September or early October. …

The Cambodia Herald News Staff

Police officer among 3 accused of cheating

August 13th, 2014 , The Phnom Penh Post

The Anti-Corruption Unit has announced that three people, including a police officer, who were arrested last week in Svay Rieng province after posing as students taking the grade 12 national exam, have been charged with using false identities.

In a statement released on Monday, the ACU identified the suspects as Sdeung Chanthun, 21, a grocery seller; Sao Samnang, 23, a university student; and policeman Un Botra, 25. …

Chhay Channyda

Youths mark Youth International Day

August 12th, 2014 , The Cambodia Herald

Representatives from worker unions, confederation and Cambodian youth rallied Tuesday at the Freedom Park to mark 15th Youth International Day.

After rallying at the Freedom Park, they marched to present petitions to the National Assembly, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, and Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training to demand government address their problems. …

The Cambodia Herald News Staff

Students who failed exam get second chance

August 12th, 2014 , The Cambodia Daily

As more than 90,000 students across the country sweat over results that will rule them in or out of university, Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday announced that those who failed the tightly monitored 2014 national exam would be given a second chance to pass. …

In the wake of last week’s two-day exam—which was for the first time conducted under the eye of thousands of monitors recruited by the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU)—teachers, proctors and observers predicted that pass rates would fall dramatically across the country as students’ attempts to cheat their way to graduation were thwarted. …

Matt Blomberg

Unions in push for park rally

August 8th, 2014 , The Phnom Penh Post

As the razor-wire came down from Freedom Park on Wednesday, a group of unions quickly filed a request to be the first people to hold a demonstration inside the park since it was put into lockdown in early January.

The letter, obtained by the Post yesterday, calls on Phnom Penh Governor Pa Socheatvong to allow six unions to hold the rally on International Youth Day on Tuesday.

Sar Mora, president of the Cambodian Food and Service Workers’ Federation, said that the demonstration would call for higher salaries, improved working conditions, a better quality of education and vocational training for the Kingdom’s youths. …

Mom Kunthear and Alice Cuddy

Exam cleaner, but students still seek to cheat

August 5th, 2014 , The Cambodia Daily

The Education Ministry’s bid to rid the grade 12 national exam of cheating and bribery was hailed a success after the first day of testing Monday, with officials reporting only a few attempted cheats and no corrupted proctors. …

Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron, who spent the day touring Phnom Penh schools, said there was “very good discipline, no cheating.”

“There was no reported cheating, only one attempt to bring a smartphone into the class and no papers brought into the class,” said Mr. Naron, who explained that he had received reports from “almost all” of the provinces.

However, a perfect record was blemished, according to Mr. Naron, by three cases of imposters attempting to sit the exam in the place of the registered student—two in Kandal province and one in Svay Rieng province. …

Sek Odom and Matt Blomberg

Cambodian high school students start exams for university entrance

August 4th, 2014 , Xinhuanet News

About 93,456 Cambodian high school students on Monday took the annual national high school graduation exams, which is a prerequisite for students to pursue their studies in a university level.

“A total of 93,456 high school students are taking the exams at 154 centers with 3,779 rooms throughout the country,” said a statement from the Ministry of Education, adding that the exams will last for two days. …

Xinhuanet News Staff