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Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports

Practice for grade-12 test goes online

The Ministry of Education next week will launch a new online system for students to practice for the high-stakes grade-12 national exam, though one observer noted it would do little to help students who lack internet access. ...

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Sen David and Yesenia Amaro
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/practice-grade-12-test-goes-online

Government limits teacher overtime

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday issued a sub-decree to limit teacher overtime in public schools in an effort to fix teachers’ working hours in accordance with government budgetary constraints. ...

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Sen David
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/government-limits-teacher-overtime

More schooling for disabled children

Education Ministry officials said yesterday that there will be greater participation by disabled children in schools, announcing a plan that would allow disabled youngsters to attend schools with the rest of the country’s children by early next year. Im Koch, a secretary of state for the Education Ministry, told a local news outlet at the 5th National Forum last week that the ministry has been training teachers on how to help students with disabilities in preparation for the students’ move into classrooms with their able-bodied peers. ...

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Pech Sotheary
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/33062/more-schooling-for-disabled-children/

Entrepreneurship to be taught in the classroom

Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron has unveiled a plan to add coursework on entrepreneurship to the school and university curricula starting in the next academic year, state news agency AKP said yesterday. ...

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Post Staff
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/entrepreneurship-be-taught-classroom

Smart axiata funds degrees for students

Ten students will have the opportunity to further their studies for free thanks to Smart Axiata’s SmartEdu Scholarship Program, which not only covers their entire tertiary education tuition, but has also awarded them a monthly stipend amounting to $15,000 for the duration of their degree. ...

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Mayuri Mei Lin​
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/31378/smart-axiata-funds-degrees-for-students/

Schools to offer career guidance

As part of ongoing education reforms, a new curriculum set to be implemented in 2018 will address the lack of career counselling in high schools across Cambodia, a Ministry of Education official told attendees of an education forum yesterday. ...

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Yesenia Amaro
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/schools-offer-career-guidance

Asian Development Bank announces $45M loan for secondary education

The Asian Development Bank has approved a $45 million loan for Cambodia to overhaul its upper secondary education in order to address the increased demand for skilled workers. ...

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Yesenia Amaro
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/asian-development-bank-announces-45m-loan-secondary-education

Teachers’ salaries to be reviewed

The Education Ministry will look into further increasing the minimum wage for teachers in Cambodia after educators said the recent hike of $37, to take effect next April, was still insufficient.​ During the 2016 Teachers’ Day celebration at the Institute of Technology of Cambodia yesterday, Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron acknowledged that teachers’ current wages did not match their cost of living, but reassured them the government would continuously look at ways to support teachers, including reviewing current salaries, ensuring their salaries are disbursed on time and that the local budget for all teachers in remote areas be reviewed. ...

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Pech Sotheary
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/30562/teachers----salaries-to-be-reviewed/

Teachers demand higher wages

The Cambodian Independent Teacher Association (CITA), along with about 100 teachers from various provinces, gathered at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh yesterday to mark International Teachers’ Day and demanded the government further increase their minimum wage to at least $370, not including additional bonuses. CITA acting director Ouk Chhayavy said the government needed to be aware that teachers were struggling to get by on their current salaries, with some being forced to take second jobs to survive. ...

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Pech Sotheary
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/30460/teachers-demand-higher-wages/

Minimum wage for teachers to be $230 by April

Prime Minister Hun Sen announced yesterday that the minimum wage for teachers is set to exceed $230 (about 950,000 riel), not including additional bonuses, come April next year. During a graduation ceremony for Cambodia University for Specialties students at Koh Pich, Mr. Hun Sen said the government will incrementally implement the wage increase, starting with a minimum of $206 in January followed by an increase to $230 in April. ...

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Pech Sotheary
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/30315/minimum-wage-for-teachers-to-be--230-by-april/

Districts to be handed primary schools’ reins

Beginning this year, the Education Ministry will hand over management of 625 primary schools, 4,874 teachers and over 170,000 students to 14 districts in Battambang as part of a new initiative to decentralise and improve primary education. The districts will also absorb the management of about 200 state-run pre-schools and kindergartens, in addition to hundreds of community pre-schools, said Ngan Chamroeun, deputy head of the National Committee for Sub-National Democratic Development. ...

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Kong Meta and Yesenia Amaro
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/districts-be-handed-primary-schools-reins

PM hands out prizes for Cambodia's ‘A’-team

For the third year in row, students scoring an A on Cambodia’s high-stakes Grade 12 exit exam were granted an audience with Prime Minister Hun Sen and lavished with gifts, while the Ministry of Education came in for its own accolades on reforms that are beginning to show signs of success. ...

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Yesenia Amaro and Vong Sokheng
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/pm-hands-out-prizes-cambodias-team

405 get an A in high school exams

The ministry of Education announced the results of the grade 12 high school exams on Saturday afternoon, noting that 405 of the 89,661 students who enrolled to take the exam received an A grade, a marked improvement on the previous year and a “surprise” for the Education Minister. ...

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Pech Sotheary
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/29612/405-get-an-a-in-high-school-exams/

Ministry hails successful national exam, says no cheating at all

As the third year of strictly regulated national high school exams drew to a close on Tuesday, the Ministry of Education brushed off evidence of widespread attempts at cheating and declared the event a success. ...

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Janelle Retka and Phan Soumy
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/ministry-hails-successful-national-exam-says-no-cheating-117078/

High-stakes Grade 12 exams kick off

Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron applauded the vast majority of Grade-12 students for obeying the strict no-cheating rules he introduced three years ago as nationwide testing kicked off yesterday with relatively few hiccups. ...

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Khouth Sophak Chakrya and Yesenia Amaro
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/high-stakes-grade-12-exams-kick

Three years on, challenges remain for education minister

In his first year as education minister, Hang Chuon Naron quickly overhauled the national high school completion exam, enforcing strict regulations to eliminate rampant bribery and cheating, and cutting the pass rate in half to 41 percent. ...

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Janelle Retka
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/three-years-challenges-remain-education-minister-116971/

Ethnic education aid sought

The NGO Forum on Cambodia yesterday demanded government funding for higher education for indigenous students to mark World Indigenous Peoples’ Day. ...

 

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Touch Sokha
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ethnic-education-aid-sought

Villagers storm Kratie military police compound, take truck

An angry mob stormed a military police compound in Kratie province on Wednesday to retrieve two trucks loaded with wood that were confiscated for not having proper licenses, and two villagers were seriously injured, a rights worker claimed. ...

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Aun Pheap
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/villagers-storm-kratie-military-police-compound-take-trucks-116262/

Education official did ‘not rape,’ minister says

Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron on Wednesday defended the decision not to expel a senior official from the ministry after he was arrested for sexually assaulting his interpreter during a visit to South Korea in May, saying the crime was not serious—“not rape.” ...

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Janelle Retka
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/education-official-did-not-rape-minister-says-116242/

Nearly $4M spent on national exam: Minister

Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron said yesterday that about $4 million was being spent on the upcoming national exam and that strict rules will ensure a fair contest. “Each candidate costs an estimated 140,000 riel [$35] that the ministry will spend for whole process of the upcoming exam,” he told reporters during a press conference at the Education Ministry. ...

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San Bunsim
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/28046/nearly--4m-spent-on-national-exam--minister/

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