The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports has established eight priority areas for reform with a strong focus on human resources, global citizenship and Cambodia’s development, according to its spokesperson Ros Soveacha.
Soveacha spoke at a press conference on the ministry’s five-year achievements, organized by the Government Spokesperson’s Unit during the Council of Ministers on August 16.
Key reforms will focus on schools, teacher development through teacher training institutions, digital education, science and technology education, health promotion, youth development to improve 21st century skills, building a center of excellence in higher education, system building and capacity development.
For the first priority of school reform, he said the ministry aims to open up a new generation of schools focusing on autonomy in the implementation of programs to train qualified human resources for the 21st century, including school management and teachers, and more effective schools with a focus on schools that are accountable to the community and that adhere to effective school standards.
“The second priority is teacher training, which is at the heart of the education system. Teachers are at the forefront of all education efforts,” Soveacha said.
He added that teachers in the 21st century must have high professional standards through reforming teacher training institutions and focusing on improving teacher training programs.
Soveacha noted that for the third priority, digital education, the pandemic has actually helped Cambodia go digital 10 years ahead of schedule and that the Ministry of Education intends to continue promoting the digital education and the integration of technology in the classroom.
For the fourth priority – STEM education – he pointed out that increasing the number of students and encouraging secondary and higher education students to study science and technology is an important factor in responding to the 4.0 industrial revolution and the government’s digital promotion policy.
Soveacha said that for the fifth priority, schools should continue to establish health education committees and they should improve health infrastructure, such as setting up standard nursing stations, green school environments and maintaining schools. clean without garbage.
Schools should also promote the use of drinking water and hygiene, focusing on drinking water, hand washing area, toilets, wearing masks and maintaining physical distancing. security and promote nutrition with a focus on food security and school feeding.
“The 21st century youth are a successor and a pillar of Cambodia’s social and economic development towards realizing Cambodia’s vision in 2030 and 2050,” Soveacha said regarding the sixth priority.
In the seventh priority of “Establishment of the Center of Excellence in Higher Education“, he said that the reform of higher education will ensure the training of human resources for the socio-economic development of Cambodia.
He added that higher education institutions should focus on strengthening governance, improving the qualifications of masters and doctoral professors, improving curricula and learning resources, using technology and the application of modern teaching methods, research focused on agricultural science and technology, and increased investment in infrastructure.
In the final reform area of system strengthening and capacity development, Soveacha said that in response to the strategic framework and programs in place to restore and promote Cambodia’s economic growth, the education sector needs intelligent, lively, proactive and gentle leadership in solving problems and responding immediately to crises that disrupt teaching and learning in Cambodia and around the world.
“The 2023-2028 Common Vision Plan will continue to promote the development of quality human resources and a balance between physical fitness, professional skills, ethical behavior and patriotic conscience and the humanities, in particular in line with the needs of socio-economic development,” said Soveacha.