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Vocational skills to merge with curriculum

Vocational skills to merge with curriculum

Seeking to amend Cambodia’s shortage of skilled labourers and equip young secondary school graduates with employable trades, the government will soon roll out a new technical training curriculum at select high schools.

The program, designed by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport and the Korean International Cooperation Agency, covers four subjects: electrics, electronics, agriculture and mechanics.

Grade 11 and 12 students can opt to take one of the four offered electives in addition to their general high school studies, according to Education Ministry spokesman Ros Salin.

“When they graduate they will get a dual degree: a high school diploma and a technical certificate,” Salin said.

The ministry is currently printing textbooks and hiring teachers for the program, which is set to launch by the next academic year.

At least initially, the Education Ministry said the curriculum will be available in three high schools, one in Svay Rieng, one in Kampong Speu and one in Kampong Chnnang.

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