The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport is conducting training in Kampong Thom province from Monday to Friday for 36 school directors and deputy directors on the use of information technology, with the objective to help them manage their schools – 23 high schools, 10 junior high schools and three primary schools.
The training is aimed at improving the directors’ ability to use information technology to run their schools effectively in line with the digital era and the Fourth Industrial Revolution, a post on the ministry’s Facebook page said on Monday.
Ministry spokesman Ros Soveacha said it is implementing its Education Strategic Plan 2019-2023 that focuses on the use of digital technology in education. The training is a step in the ministry’s path to achieving its goals, he said.
Soveacha said information and communications technology must be added to all schools and used in teaching, learning and sharing knowledge in the educational field as a whole in order to provide students with the necessary insights in the 21st century.
“The ministry aims to ensure that every Cambodian student completes their studies in line with modern systems of learning so that they are able to study and work professionally,” he said.
The ministry, he said, plans to improve the students’ and teachers’ ability, and therefore the quality of teaching and learning at all educational institutions by using the information and communications technology and electronic educational resources.
Cambodian Independent Teachers’ Association president Ouk Chayavy lamented that at some schools, only the directors are sent on training courses because they have not learnt how to use the computers and information technology that is steadily being installed at schools, but the teachers themselves are not allowed to undertake the training.
“It’s difficult for the directors to use the new technology in their schools. So to what extent will they be able to do so after their training?
“If they still don’t know what they’re doing, it’s useless. It’s just [the ministry] trying to look good and spending money,” she said, adding that even at some high schools, not all teachers understand information technology.