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

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

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

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

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

Shaping lives in Cambodia

February 18th, 2015 , Gulf Times

In the Kandal province of Cambodia, Qatar’s leading educational not-for-profit organisation Rota has worked wonders… The Hun Sen Rota Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) School was bolstered by an initial $5mn and a 10-year investment in Cambodia to provide access to secondary level education as well as vocational training for the communities within and surrounding the Kandal province. …

Gulf Times News Staff

Ministry halts business ed licences

February 17th, 2015 , The Phnom Penh Post

Aiming to address a skills mismatch in the Cambodian economy, the government has put a hold on new licences for higher education courses in the fields of business and finance.

In response to a growing need for science and engineering skills, as well as trade-qualified workers, such as mechanics and electricians, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport released a statement to Cambodian universities in December attempting to curb what the government says is an oversupply of business graduates. …

Chan Muyhong

Meaning of valentine’s day lost in translation, minister warns

February 11th, 2015 , The Cambodia Daily

With Valentine’s Day just days away, the Ministry of Education on Tuesday entreated the nation’s teachers to put their students through a crash course to dispel what it believes is a widely held misconception among Cambodian youth that the holiday is a pretext for sex. …

Sek Odom