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Road Built on School Land Draws Protest

The water company that sparked four days of protest in Prey Veng province last week has once again drawn criticism, this time from teachers in Kratie province, who say the firm is building a road across their school’s land. Forty-nine teachers at Preah Kossamak High School ...

A hard lesson in arithmetic

When Reaksmey (not his real name) was in high school two years ago, he and his classmates were urged to attend the supplementary classes taught by their teachers before and after regular school hours. For an hour before school and two to three hours after each ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012031455021/National-news/a-hard-lesson-in-arithmetic.html

Two More Set Schools Could Close

Eight SET international (SI) schools have closed nationwide over the past two months because of financial problems, and the remaining two schools in Phnom Penh and Kompong Chhnang provinces also appear poised to shut their doors soon, a Ministry of Education official said. The abrupt closings ...

Graduates not up to scratch: report

Cambodia’s tertiary system is not producing enough of the right type of graduates to meet the economy’s demands, says a report launched by the World Bank last week. The 222-page report, titled “Putting Higher Education to Work”, states that “quantity gaps are particularly strong in ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012030854935/National-news/graduates-not-up-to-scratch-report.html

Gender gap in dispute

Cambodian women have less chance of being promoted to positions of power than women in any other East Asian country, a report by the NGO Social Watch International has found. But government officials have rejected the findings and maintained the number of females in Cambodia’s ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012030754905/National-news/gender-gap-in-dispute.html

Ban on Thesis Topics Needed, Scholars Say

Academics at the Royal University of Law and Economics defended banning thesis topics for fourth-year students, arguing that subjects such as illegal drug use and land disputes are written about too often at the school. In a Feb. 2 letter posted online and signed by the ...

Parents, Teachers Lose Out in Closing of International Schools

Two more Set International Schools (SIS) have closed due to financial troubles, leaving hundreds of primary school students looking for a place to study, parents and a teacher’s union official said yesterday. The closing of the two SIS schools – in Kompong Cham and Pursat provinces ...

Law Students Told To Avoid Thesis Topics

Fourth-year students at Phnom Penh’s Royal University of Law and Economics (RULE) have been barred from writing their theses on 14 topics, including Cambodia’s new bourse, according to a letter posted online yesterday. The letter, signed by the university’s research department director Kong Saphon ...

Conference Highlights the Country's Math Deficiency

Education experts and professors from around the world gathered over the weekend in Phnom Penh to discuss ways to strengthen mathematics in Cambodia and other developing countries. the problem is not a lack of student capability, said Lin Mongkolsery, a mathematics teacher at the Institute ...

Gov't, NGOs Discuss Child Labor in Fisheries

Thousands of children are toiling in the country’s fisheries sector, living in conditions that are often hazardous to their health and depriving them of an education, government officials and UN representatives said yesterday at a workshop in Phnom Penh. Seventy-five percent of the 1.5 million ...

http://www.camnet.com.kh/cambodia.daily/

Kingdom must diversify its economy, ADB says [Interview]

“I think when you have an economy that depends on the agricultural sector, there is a need to ensure that we strengthen the linkages between rural and urban areas. Our work also focuses on promoting education so that we can provide better employment opportunities for ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012022354678/Business/kingdom-must-diversify-its-economy-adb-says.html

Cambodia, China willing to further enhance cooperation in all fields: officials

Cambodia and China are willing to further promote bilateral cooperation in all fields in the framework of ASEAN-China relations, officials said Monday. The commitment was made during the official visit of Ma Mingqiang, secretary general of ASEAN-China Center, to Cambodia. In a meeting with Cambodia’s Minister ...

http://www.asean-cn.org/Item/4586.aspx

Education overhaul needed to grow economy

Cambodia’s education sector needs a complete overhaul in order to reduce unemployment and successfully diversify the economy beyond garment manufacturing, according to a World Bank report released today. The report’s release came after investors and economists said at a trade and investment conference in Phnom Penh ...

Thaksin gives government some friendly economic advice

Hours after arriving for his latest visit to the country, former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra on Saturday urged Cambodia to increase state spending in infrastructure and education and to modernize the country’s financial system, according to media reports. Local reporters were quickly ushered out of ...

K Thom Authorities Prevent NGO Workshop

Authorities in Kompong Thom province yesterday forced a pagoda to withdraw its invitation to host a workshop about forest protection, continuing their pressure on two NGOs that provide community legal education in the province, a monk and NGO worker said. Chin Neth, chief monk at ...

Police Warn NGOs Over Workshops

Kompong Thom provincial authorities have threatened to shut down two NGOs who have been providing free legal education to poor villagers in the province, accusing the groups of fomenting rural unrest against private investors. The NGOs, the Cambodian Center for Human Rights and the Natural ...

Japan Loans over $53 Million to Improve Agriculture and Education

Cambodia will receive a concessional loan package of $53.3 million US dollars from Japan to restore the irrigation canal system and another $700,000 dollars grant aid to enhance education materials for minerals resources and topology department of the Institute of Technology of Cambodia (ITC), the ...

http://thesoutheastasiaweekly.com/

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