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Ministry facing teacher shortage

Less than a week away from the start of the new school year, the government is short on teachers. Every year, the government struggles to recruit enough instructors to keep pace with enrollment rates and replace those who have retired, left teaching or passed away. The ...

Laignee Barron and Pech Sotheary
http://phnompenhpost.com/national/ministry-facing-teacher-shortage

Start of school year delayed

Tardiness is usually discouraged within school settings, but this year, the Education Ministry is endorsing a month-long delay for the whole academic year. Public schools, which typically start in the beginning of October, will this year commence classes on November 3, with studies continuing until the ...

Laignee Barron and Mom Kunthear
http://phnompenhpost.com/national/start-school-year-delayed

No background checks on exam monitors: ACU

None of the more than 5,000 independent observers recruited for this year’s national exams had background checks or their identity verified before they were allowed into testing centres, an official said yesterday. During this year’s newly reformed and cleaned-up grade 12 exam, the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) ...

Pech Sotheary and Laignee Barron
http://phnompenhpost.com/national/no-background-checks-exam-monitors-acu

Poll shows wide support for heavily monitored exams

Most Cambodians support the Ministry of Education’s crusade to end corruption on the grade 12 national exam, results from a “snap poll” by the Asia Foundation showed yesterday. The survey polled 500 respondents, including 100 current high school students, and 96 per cent were overwhelmingly in ...

Laignee Barron
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/poll-shows-wide-support-heavily-monitored-exams

City bans pair of marches

City Hall has banned street marches for World Teachers’ Day and World Housing Rights Day, ordering participants to confine their activities to Freedom Park instead. World Teachers’ Day and World Housing Rights Day occur on October 5 and 6, respectively. Planners for both expressed disappointment ...

Taing Vida
http://phnompenhpost.com/national/city-bans-pair-marches

Civil society, tech team up

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 ...

Sean Teehan
http://phnompenhpost.com/national/civil-society-tech-team

Education minister called to National Assembly

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 ...

Hay Pisey
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/education-minister-called-to-national-assembly-67673/

Creating a common language for nation’s deaf

By the age of 17, Chan Chonreasmey was yet to have a conversation with another person—not with her mother, not with her father, and certainly not with any other children. Two years ago, Ms. Chonreasmey was enrolled in the Maryknoll Deaf Development Program’s (DDP) education ...

Holly Robertson and Ouch Sony
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/creating-a-common-language-for-nations-deaf-67639/

Prime Minister says test scores warning to students

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday said the pass rate of 25 percent in last month’s grade 12 national exam served as a warning that students could no longer pay their way through school and urged students who failed the exam to embrace their second ...

Khy Sovuthy
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/prime-minister-says-test-scores-warning-to-students-67414/

Over 70% fail Cambodian national exam (Updated)

In 2012 and 2013, more than 80 percent of the Grade 12 high school students taking the national exam passed it. In 2014, 70 percent failed. The difference? This year cheating was not tolerated. ...

Terry Fredrickson
http://www.bangkokpost.com/learning/easy/429538/over-70-fail-cambodian-national-exam

Report calls for foreign teacher trainers, higher salaries

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 ...

Zsombor Peter
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/report-calls-for-foreign-teacher-trainers-higher-salaries-67184/

Campaign promotes free textbooks for students

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 ...

Khy Sovuthy
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/campaign-promotes-free-textbooks-for-students-67146/

Hun Sen announces raises for teachers, nurses

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 ...

Khy Sovuthy
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/hun-sen-announces-raises-for-teachers-nurses-67017/

30 pct of students passes high school exam in Cambodia

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said Monday that an estimated 30 percent of the 93,456 applicants passed their high school graduation exam early this month because the country took strict measures to enhance the quality of education sector. ...

Global Post News Staff
http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/140818/30-pct-students-passes-high-school-exam-cambodia

Flooding delays school term across country

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 ...

Ouch Sony
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/flooding-delays-school-term-across-country-66711/

Poor education poses future risk for Cambodia

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 Cambodia Herald News Staff
http://www.thecambodiaherald.com/cambodia/detail/1?page=15&token=MThlYjFiMmJiMGF

Police officer among 3 accused of cheating

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 ...

Chhay Channyda
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/police-officer-among-3-accused-cheating

Students who failed exam get second chance

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. ...

Matt Blomberg
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/students-who-failed-exam-get-second-chance-66253/

Unions in push for park rally

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 ...

Mom Kunthear and Alice Cuddy
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/unions-push-park-rally

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