Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - BEEP helps dropouts study

BEEP helps dropouts study

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Migrants and their children returning from Thailand through Poipet border checkpoint in Banteay Meanchey province last year. Police

BEEP helps dropouts study

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport and the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training have announced the launch of a curriculum for students who have dropped out of school as part of the Basic Education Equivalency Programme (BEEP).

Education ministry spokesman Ros Soveacha told The Post on March 24 the curriculum was designed to provide an opportunity to school dropouts to complete an education equivalent to Grade 9.

He said this will allow them to pursue their studies at technical training and vocational institutions or by attending general and technical high school.

“The education and labour ministries have seen the success of this programme undertaken in collaboration with UNESCO and that is why we wish to promote the curriculum developed for drop-out students,” he said.

In 2020, BEEP was operating in 21 study centres in Phnom Penh and the provinces of Siem Reap, Battambang, Koh Kong, Kandal, Tbong Khmum, Banteay Meanchey, Kampong Speu, Takeo, Kampong Chhnang and Kampong Thom provinces.

An additional 10 study centres were also operated by the education ministry.

In 2020, the study centres served 718 students who had dropped out of school prior to enrolling in the BEEP programme along with 131 students who were enrolled in the centres under the supervision of the education ministry.

In the first quarter of this year, 109 drop-out students had resumed their education through the BEEP programme. Four exams were taken by 42 students, with 38 of them passing. Ten of those students are now planning to enrol at the JVC technical college.

The announcement also noted that Cambodia had been successful in promoting primary school education, resulting in a 92 per cent rate of enrolment.

However, dropping out of school was still a common problem around grades 7, 8 and 9 which has the effect of reducing the graduation rate for secondary school to just 45 per cent.

Sao Vanna, executive director of the Kampuchean Action for Primary Education, said: “This education programme is part of a national policy that aims to ensure that all citizens have access to basic education.

“It provides opportunities for youths who have dropped out of school to be able to pursue their education and graduate at a basic level. The goal is to prepare them for additional vocational training through the institutions of the labour ministry.”


  • NY sisters inspired by Khmer heritage

    Growing up in Brooklyn, New York, Cambodian-American sisters Edo and Eyen Chorm have always felt a deep affinity for their Cambodian heritage and roots. When the pair launched their own EdoEyen namesake jewellery brand in June, 2020, they leaned heavily into designs inspired by ancient Khmer

  • Omicron patients can stay home: PM

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has given the green light for anyone who contracts the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron mutation or any other variant to convalesce or receive treatment at home or in any other reasonable non-healthcare setting. The new decision supersedes a restriction on home care for

  • Cambodia records first Omicron community case

    The Ministry of Health on January 9 reported 30 new Covid-19 cases, 29 of which were imported and all were confirmed to be the Omicron variant. The ministry also reported 11 recoveries and no new deaths. Earlier on January 9, the ministry also announced that it had detected the Kingdom's

  • The effects of the USD interest rate hike on Cambodian economy

    Experts weigh in on the effect of a potential interest rate expansion by the US Federal Reserve on a highly dollarised Cambodia Anticipation of the US Federal Reserve’s interest rate hike in March is putting developing economies on edge, a recent blog post by

  • Cambodia’s first ever anime festival kicks off Jan 22 at capital’s F3 centre

    Phnom Penh's first ever Anime Festival will bring together fans, artists, shops and other local businesses with ties to the Japanese animation style for cosplay competitions, online games, pop-up shops and more on January 22, with Friends Futures Factory (F3) hosting. F3 is a project that

  • PM eyes Myanmar peace troika

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has suggested that ASEAN member states establish a tripartite committee or diplomatic troika consisting of representatives from Cambodia, Brunei and Indonesia that would be tasked with mediating a ceasefire in Myanmar. The premier also requested that Nippon Foundation chairman Yohei Sasakawa