Minister of Education, Youth and Sport Hang Chuon Naron has reiterated the importance of developing Cambodia’s human resources, noting that the ministry remains committed to fostering cooperation with all relevant parties to hit the Kingdom’s educational reform targets.

He was addressing an August 29 graduation ceremony for the first generation of trainee teachers from Battambang Teacher Education College. Awards were also presented to civil servants from the Pursat provincial education department.

In a social media post, the ministry announced that Chuon Naron offered his compliments to educational officials at all levels for the part they had played in the past 10 years of educational reforms.

He explained that the ministry would continue to work with the most suitable partners to implement its strategic educational plans and build and develop human resources.

“We are establishing teacher training institutions at all levels across the country. They are suitable places to educate high-quality, efficient teachers,” he said.

Kong Samneang, head of the Federation of Education Services in Cambodia, said on August 30 that he offered his full support for educational reforms. He believed that through strengthening the teaching professions and fostering cooperation with partners from the public and private sectors, the quality of the Kingdom’s education system will increase.

“There are still unacceptable dropout rates in some remote areas. Therefore, I urge the ministry to incentivise teachers by offering them salary raises and other benefits so they will accept positions in remote areas. This will promote equality in education,” he added.

Prime Minister Hun Manet recently announced government plans to enhance the quality of education, by focusing on strengthening the quality of state schools, ranging from pre-school to high school. His administration will prioritise the strengthening of school governance, checks, curriculum preparations and after-school activities to meet the needs of students, and guarantee they would receive excellent knowledge, discipline, morality and behaviour.

He added that there will also be a focus on the health of students. This will include providing children with nutrition programmes, ensuring the quality of food served in schools. They will also encourage parents and guardians and their communities to participate in their education, under the slogan of “state-community partnership for education”.