Director embezzled: teachers

June 4th, 2015 , The Phnom Penh Post

Half of the faculty at Romeas Hek High School in Svay Rieng province has called for the director’s removal amid claims he has pocketed more than $20,000 by selling school property since 2008.

Putting their signatures and thumbprints to a nine-page demand sent to the Ministry of Education and obtained yesterday, 49 of the school’s 99 educators have claimed principal Mao Kimly sold construction materials donated to the school by a local authority across the border in Vietnam. …

Phak Seangly

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

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

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

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

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