Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Education over poverty

Education over poverty

Education over poverty

Dear Editor,

I agree with Dr Sam Sideth's letter, "Education over poverty" (Post, June

9). The Cambodian Government must set education as the priority.

Cambodian children deserve to be well educated if we want to compete in the age of

technology. Furthermore, the Cambodian educational system must be reorganized and

restructured to give students more opportunity to learn and succeed.

We can no longer use the old system of educating people based solely on memory. We

must engage children in the learning process. Children should be the center of learning

with the teacher acting as a coach. Together we can provide a suitable learning evironment

where students feel confident about themselves and school.

Having been educated in Cambodia through high school and earning a bachelor's and

master's degree from American universities, I can see a big gap between the educational

systems of the two countries.

I understand that Cambodia is a poor and developing country, but do not use that

as an excuse! If the Cambodian leaders want to educate our people, they will try

everything they possibly can to make it happen.

Do not be afraid that well-educated people are difficult to manipulate or control.

On the contrary, with education, it is easier to talk and understand each other.

Cambodia needs well-educated people to help rebuild this poor and war-torn nation.

Teachers also need to be well trained and they deserve a reasonable salary so they

can support themselves and their families.

I hope someone will read and think about what we need to do to educate our children.

They are tomorrow's leaders. We need them to lead our country in the 21st century

so that Cambodia will be raised to a state more comparable with other nations.
- David Chanpannha

MA, Mathematics/ESL Instructor, San Leandro High School, California, USA

MOST VIEWED

  • The hairy little heroes saving many lives in rural Cambodia

    IN RURAL Siem Reap province, rats dare to tread where no person will, as these hairy little heroes place their lives on the line each day for the good of the local community. The rodents are the most important members of a special team, leading

  • Hun Sen’s China visit ‘a good opportunity’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen’s visit to Beijing on Sunday to discuss economic and trade issues presents a good opportunity for the Kingdom to strengthen Chinese ties and counter punitive measures by the West, an analyst says. The prime minister’s four-day official visit to

  • Former chief bodyguard receives royal pardon

    The former chief bodyguard of late Senate president Chea Sim has received a royal pardon nearly eight years after he was sentenced to 15 years behind bars on several charges, according to a royal decree dated November 12, last year, and obtained by The Post on Wednesday.

  • PM warns EU and opposition on 34th anniversary of his rule

    HUN Sen reached the milestone of 34 years as Cambodian prime minister on Monday and used the groundbreaking ceremony for a new ring road around Phnom Penh to tell the international community that putting sanctions on the Kingdom meant killing the opposition. “Please don’t forget