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Vocational skills to join high school curriculum

Vocational skills are due to be added to the state curriculum next year in an attempt to improve graduates’ job prospects, Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron has said.

The scheme will teach electronics, agriculture, mechanics and accounting, among other skills, to high school students, the minister said, to respond to the growing need for such skills in the workplace.

“We will arrange short life-skills classes or basic lessons at high school level,” he said. “It is a high school project, and thereafter five technical skills will be available in the high school curriculum.”

The plan is an extension of an existing pilot project in three high schools: Kampong Thom’s Kompong Cheu High School, Kampong Chhnang’s King Samdech Norodom Sihamoni High School and a third school in Kandal province.

The program will be led by “experts” from South Korea, Naron said.

Kem Ley, an analyst who has recently begun to campaign politically, said some of skills being offered under the program would fall short of what would be most relevant for Cambodian students.

Teaching electronics, he said, would not help students get ahead, while agricultural skills would be relevant in the Cambodian context.

“We will have to check all of the courses to look at what is needed and how it will work,” he added.



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